The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

March 24, 2013

Students attend Regional Social Studies Fair

Students from Raleigh, Summers, Mercer and McDowell counties gathered in Beckley Saturday to show and share their knowledge of specific topics for the Regional Social Studies Fair, sponsored by RESA 1. Winners of the regional fair earned a chance to compete in the West Virginia Social Studies Fair April 26 in Charleston.

More than 90 projects were submitted in nine different categories and judged in the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Some projects were by individuals, while others were presented by a team.  

Drexel Sammons, RESA 1 director of program development, called the regional fair a “tremendous success.”

“Students who had won their respective county fair worked hard to develop a project relating to a social studies discipline to compete regionally,” Sammons commented. “The students had to create a project as well as an abstract and present a five-minute speech to the judges. It was education at its finest and truly demonstrated project-based learning for 21st century learning skills.”  

Dr. Robin Lewis, RESA 1 executive director, was also impressed with the projects.

“Students and their parents put forth a tremendous amount of effort and work to accomplish outstanding achievement in social studies education,” Lewis said.

Sammons and Lewis extended their appreciation toward the students, parents, family members and teachers for their “dedication and commitment” to competing in the Regional Social Studies Fair.

Winners of the RESA 1 Regional Social Studies Fair were:

Division I, Anthropology, Individual: 1st, The Inuit Eskimos of Alaska by Emma Elmore of Mercer County

Division I, Anthropology, Small Group: 2nd, Want to Squatch Watch by Elijah Basile and Andrew Davis of Mercer County

Division I, Economics, Individual: 3rd, Moncove Lake by Marissa Harman of McDowell County

1st, How Has Lego Gone From Simple Wooden? by Tristan Fife of Mercer County

Division I, Economics, Small Group: 2nd, Honey Bees & The Economy by Zaraneisha Hayes and Hannah Walker of McDowell County

1st, E-Commerce: The Mall of the Future by Caroline Malachowsky and Alyson Robinett of Mercer County

Division I, Geography, Individual: 1st, How Did the Geographical Location of Gettysburg, Pa., Impact the Battle of Gettysburg? by Matthew Lilly of Mercer County

Division I, Geography, Small Group: 2nd, How Does Coal Effect the Environment by Gabrielle Casey, Tabitha Casey and Kenzie Hall of Mercer County

Division I, Political Science, Individual: 2nd, How a Bill Becomes a Law by Daniel Adkins of McDowell County

1st, Does Gun Control Live? by Katelyn Reed of Mercer County

Division I, Political Science, Small Group: 2nd, Gun Control or No Control by Hannah Fuller and Megan Steele of McDowell County


Division I, Psychology, Individual: honorable mention, Is There a Method to all the Madness by Bailey DeHaven of McDowell County

3rd, Homeless Veterans: Do Americans Care? by Bradley Sabo of Mercer County

Division I, Psychology, Small Group: 1st, Hoarding: Why is Too Much Still Not Enough? by Sarah Stamper and Bry-leigh Davis of Mercer County

Division I, Sociology, Individual: HM, The Great Wall: Attempt to Separate Two Societies by Megan Richmond of Summers County

3rd, Technologies Link to Childhood Obesity by Hunter Hall of Raleigh County

2nd, The Journey to Becoming a Boy Scout by Ethan Harvey of Mercer County

1st, What Kind of Gam-er are You by James Green of McDowell County

Division I, Sociology, Small Group: 3rd, Is a Pig a Pet? by Brooke Cole and Hannah Cole of Ra-leigh County

2nd, How does the Subway Benefit Society? by Marlee Meador and Haley Deeds of Summers County

1st, How Has America Become the Fattest Nation? by Sophia Lipscomb and McKenzie Taylor of Mercer County

Division I, State & Local Studies, Individual: 3rd, Birth of a Coal Miner by Kristen Calhoun of McDowell County

2nd, The West Virginia Greenbrier Bunker by Scott Hall of Raleigh County

1st, Why Has Exit 9 Grown? by William Kirk of Mercer County


Division I, State & Local Studies, Small Group: 3rd, West Virginia Coal Mining! by Benjamin Dickenson and Ty Fitzpatrick of Summers County

2nd, Driving Through a Mountain by Mary Powell and Kelsey Robinett of Mercer County

1st, Bluestone Dam: Avoiding a Catastrophe by Taylor Chapman and Megan Walker of McDowell County

Division I, U.S. History, Individual: 3rd, Coke: Is It the Real Thing? by Ginny Harvey of Raleigh County

2nd, Betsy Ross by Austin Cameron of Mercer County

1st, How the White House Was Made! by Laci Sears of Summers County

Division I, U.S. History, Small Group: 2nd, The Underground Railroad by Hannah Jones and Miranda Cales of Mercer County

1st, Salem Witch Trials by Miranda Osborne and Anneliese Underwood of McDowell County

Division I, World History, Individual: 3rd, Who Were Lewis and Clark? by William Akers of Mercer County

2nd, The Hidden Agenda of WWI by Blake Lockhart of McDowell County

1st, En Pointe — The History of Pointe Shoes by Audrey Flanagan of Raleigh County


Division I, World History, Small Group: 3rd, Barbie Around the World by Alicia Reed and Katelyn Kiser of Mercer County

2nd, Elementary Less-ons Learned from the Titanic! by Fletcher Gilpin and Dawson Tolbert of Summers County

1st, Titanic Tragedy by J.D. Sibray and Morgan Williams of Raleigh County

Division II, Anthropology, Individual: 3rd, The Legend of Zelda of Megan Phelps of McDowell County

Division II, Economics, Individual: 2nd, Summit Economics by Brandon Evans of McDowell County

1st, United Arab Emirates by Matthew Tench of Mercer County

Division II, Economics, Small Group: 1st, International Health Care by Donald Hansbury and Marquise Hansbury of McDowell County

Division II, Geography, Individual: 2nd, Journey to the Bottom of the Earth! by Jaiden Bragg of Summers County

1st, What’s the Buzz on Honey Bees? by Abby Lester of Mercer County

Division II, Geography, Small Group: HM, Where Could it Be by Terrell Bell, Steven Brown and Shamya Baker of McDowell County

Division II, Political Science, Individual: 2nd, Can You Pass the Test? by Hannah Puckett of McDowell County

1st, Could the Hunger Games Ever Happen? by Kourtni Manes of Mercer County


Division II, Political Science, Small Group: 1st, Democrat or Republican: Which is Better for America? by Andrew Trimble, Nick Roske and Jared Broyles of Mercer County

Division II, Psychology, Individual: 3rd, Internet Addiction by Rachel Johnson of Mercer County

1st, What Does Your Handwriting Say About You? by Nikki Zinzuwadia of Raleigh County

Division II, Psychology, Small Group: 3rd, Progeria by Emily Mullins and Brittany Rowe of McDowell County

Division II, Sociology, Individual: 2nd, The Right to Die by Wylie Osborne of Mercer County

1st, Forensic Science: What it is and How it Assists Law Enforcement! by Tiffani Cline of Summers County

Division II, Sociology, Small Group: 3rd, Walt Disney by Samantha Hazelwood and Bethany Sisk of Mercer County

1st, Bullying by Farrah Mullins and Gracie Crabtree of McDowell County

Division II, State & Local Studies, Individual: 3rd, The Fatal Day by Audrey Davis of Mercer County

2nd, Project Greek Island by Eli Fama of Ra-leigh County

1st, The Battle of Blair Mountain by Julie Green of McDowell County


Division II, State & Local Studies, Small Group: 2nd, By the Light of the Moon by Melanie Kenne-dy and Sarah Lester of McDowell County

1st, What is the Shot Tower? by Alexis Sheets, Alana Bailey and Leah Redden of Mercer County

Division II, U.S. History, Individual: 3rd, The Cold War by Hannah Matney of McDowell County

2nd, Traveller: Horse or Legend by Elizabeth Adkins of Raleigh County

1st, The History of Flight by Jackson Bailey of Mercer County

Division II, U.S. History, Small Group: 2nd, Cold Cases by Casey Fowler, JeShana Jones and Mikayla Brooks of McDowell County

1st, Changes in Football and Fun Facts From Super Bowl I to Super Bowl XLVI by Kameron Doughty and Kaitlyn Cook of Mercer County

Division II, World History, Individual: 3rd, The Vietnam War by Jackson Garlic of McDowell County

2nd, Our Soldier’s “Cher Ami” by Madeline Peck of Raleigh County

1st, Who Are the Har-lem Globetrotters? by Drake Mullins of Mercer County


Division II, World History, Small Group: HM, Japan by Kayla Richmond and Sarah Pendleton of Mercer County

3rd, World War II by Randi Kennedy and Gracie Sloan and Amy Blan-kenship of McDowell County

2nd, War of 1812 by Nick Bowen and Bashar Sadat of Raleigh County

1st, Could You Have Survived the Holocaust? by Zoe Williams and Krystina Gore of Summers County

Division III, Political Science, Individual: 1st, May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor by Breanna Manes of McDowell County

Division III, Psychology, Individual: HM, Gran-ny Sometimes Forgets: Alzheimer’s Disease by Erin Stacy Puckett of McDowell County

1st, Fang Frenzy: Twilight Inviting Us In by Megan Coleman of Mercer County

Division III, U.S. History, Individual: 2nd, Valentine’s Day by Mi-chelle Mullins of McDowell County

Division III, U.S. History, Small Group: 3rd, Remembering 9/11 by Kaylie Hilliard, Rachel Harrah and Scarlet Farley of Raleigh County

Division III, World History, Small Group: 2nd, The Holocaust by Logan Jarrell and Aagna Patel of Raleigh County


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