By Sarah Plummer
Students from across West Virginia competed Friday in the nation’s only statewide social studies fair, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education.
Students from grades 3 through 12 presented research on a variety of topics at the Charleston Civic Center.
To reach the state level, students had to place first in both their individual school and regional social studies fairs.
“Social studies play an increasingly important role in today’s global economy where students must develop a greater understanding of the world around them to succeed,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “The fair helps our students to broaden and deepen their understanding of a diverse and ever changing society.”
According to the West Virginia Department of Education, the fair started in 1977 in conjunction with Marshall University and with input from a group of West Virginia social studies teachers. The first fairs were in Huntington and were later moved to Charleston.
Projects are judged on oral presentation, theme and research, display, and abstract.
The following is a list of winning students from The Register-Herald coverage region.
Division I, third-fifth grades
Lillian Claypool, Fayette County, Anthropology second place
Candace Crawford, Jaylan Sears and Lilly Harvey, Summers County, Anthropology (group) third place
Jake Bridges and David Hofmann, Greenbrier County, Geography (group) third place
Ayden Baker, Dylan Buckland and Zachary Moores, Fayette County, Political Science (group) second place
Lindsay Richmond and Shyanne Sanford, Greenbrier County, Psychology (group) second place
Phoebe Kiser, Nicholas County, Sociology second place
Hailey Skaggs, Kelly Taylor, Nathan Hanshew and Tanner Ha-verty, Fayette County, State and Local Studies (group) first place
Jack Hanna, Greenbrier County, History third place
Division Two, sixth-eighth grades
Nicholas Radar, Nicholas County, Economics first place
Natalie McClung and Noah Pack, Fayette County, Economics (group) first place
Emilie Underwood and Katie Skaggs, Fayette County, Geography (group) second place
Elizabeth Koh, Raleigh County, Psychology first place
Alex Hanna, Greenbrier County, U.S. History first place
Alexandrea Ferguson, Fayette County, World History third place
Division III, ninth-12th grades
Krista White, Jeremiah Russell, Ashley Burgess and Hannah Brown, Nicholas County, Anthropology (group) third place
Preston Caperton, Raleigh County, Political Science, second place
Jorrin Rundle, Raleigh County, World History third place