Team From Sherrard Middle School Heads to West Virginia History Bowl

Photo Provided Members of Sherrard Middle School’s team, which won regional round of the state History Bowl, are from left, Pearl Chambers, Maria Evans, Paige Messner and Tora McNeil. In back are coaches Dan Gatts, left, and Jeff Stephens.

Sherrard Middle School will represent the Northern Panhandle at the West Virginia History Bowl championships in Charleston in April.

The Rams competed against eight other schools in the 10th annual Region 6 History Bowl event held at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling on Friday.

In the finals, Sherrard defeated a team from St. Joseph the Worker School in Weirton. Cameron High School placed third and Moundsville Middle School finished fourth.

The team from St. Joseph the Worker School also will be going to the state competition because of placing second.

The championship winning team from Sherrard Middle School includes Pearl Chambers, Maria Evans, Tora McNeil and Paige Messner. The team is coached by Dan Gatts and Jeff Stephens.

On the runner-up team from St. Joseph the Worker School are students Antonio Aguirre, Hannah Buterbaugh, Rylie Cottrill and Juliana Velegol.

Region 6 is made up of students from Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel counties. Competitors included two teams from Bridge Street Middle School in Wheeling, two teams from Brooke Middle School in Wellsburg, two teams from Cameron High School, a team from Long Drain Middle School in Metz, two teams from Moundsville Middle School, two teams from Sherrard Middle School, the team from St. Joseph the Worker School, two teams from Triadelphia Middle School in Wheeling, a team from Warwood School in Wheeling and a team from Wheeling Middle School.

The West Virginia History Bowl started in 2010 with 16 teams in the entire state. Since that time, participation has increased to more than 500 students from eight different regions in West Virginia.

This year’s state competition is set for April 30 in the Culture Center at the Capitol Complex in Charleston.

Teams from Cameron High School captured the regional title the previous six years. In three of those years — 2015, 2017 and 2018 — a Cameron team won the state competition in Charleston. Cameron High School was the runner-up in the 2016 state finals.


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