Cameron Team Wins W.Va. State History Bowl

Photo Provided Members of Cameron High School’s state championship History Bowl team are, front row, from left, Montgomery Bertram; Abbi Carney; Arielle Yost; and Russell Dillion. Back row, from left, are coaches Dan Gatts and Joe Mastracci.

For the second year in a row, Cameron High School has captured the state championship in the West Virginia History Bowl.

Cameron’s Team One won the title in the ninth annual History Bowl finals held Tuesday at the Culture Center on Charleston.

Abbi Carney of Cameron’s Team One was named the Most Valuable Player. She also was chosen for the all-tournament team, made up of students who demonstrated exceptional knowledge and teamwork during the day-long event.

The championship team included Cameron students Montgomery Bertram, Carney, Russell Dillon and Arielle Yost.

Cameron’s Team Two also participated in the final competition. Members of that team were Chloe Yocum, Nathan Haeberle, Ian Elswick and Kaylee Reynolds.

Eighth-grade teams from Cameron have won the state title a total of three times: in 2015, 2017 and this year. Cameron was the runner-up in the 2016 state finals.

Teams from Cameron also have captured the regional title for seven years in a row. The region includes schools in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel counties.

The History Bowl is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Eighth graders in public, private and home-school education programs are eligible to compete on four-person teams.

South Middle School’s Team One from Morgantown, Monongalia County, was the runner-up in the state competition. Madison Middle School’s Team One from Boone County finished third. Keyser Middle School’s Team One from Mineral County earned fourth place.

A total of 24 teams of eighth graders from 15 middle schools in 12 counties across the state participated in the event.

The double-elimination tournament includes lightning rounds and team rounds featuring questions about state and county history, culture, heritage, tourism, geography, government and sports prepared by the staff of the division’s Archives and History section.


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