Social Studies Fair Awards Creative Thinking, Speaking Skills in Marshall County

Photo Provided St. Vincent de Paul School student Matt Reasbeck participates in the RESA 6 Social Studies Fair at Sherrard Middle School Saturday.

Several local students are heading to West Virginia’s state social studies fair in Charleston next month after their winning performances in the regional fair in Marshall County over the weekend.

According to Center McMechen Elementary School Principal and RESA 6 Social Studies Fair Director Arica Holt, students in grades 3-8 competed. Categories, divided into individual and group winners, included anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, state and local studies, United States history and world history.

Holt said the competition, held at Sherrard Middle School, included students from Marshall, Wetzel and Ohio County Schools, along with parochial school competitors from each county. Students earning first place spots are invited to compete at the West Virginia State Social Studies Fair, to be held at the Charleston Civic Center April 21.

“The fair is composed of oral presentation and requires students to have good speaking skills,” Holt said. “Another item on their score sheets is their abstract or essential questions, which are what they want to find out with their project. Students learn a depth of information on whatever topic they choose to investigate and I also think they gain confidence with speaking in front of an audience. They have no clue what the judges will ask them, so they really have to know the principles of their projects.”

First-place winners for the RESA 6 fair from Ohio County were Lorenzo Donzella, Kenneth Moran, Isaiah Pearson, Paige Hinebaugh and Alyssa Mengeu.

Marshall County winners included Izabella Aston, Lexi Finley, Lily Roman, Broc Gast, Avery Booth, Emaleigh Lusher, Lainey Anderson, Billy Patterson, Dakota Fisher, Abigale Riggle, Ava Hawkins, Max Reasbeck, Tyler Minch and Sayla Barnette.

Wetzel County first-place winners included Kayden McClure, Grace Green and Jessa Anderson.