In addition to their regular studies, students have several competitions throughout the school year where they can display their talents and interests in their core subjects.
The first competition was the Literature Fair in October with students from kindergarten through eighth grade working as individuals, pairs or as a class to present a project on books from a variety of genres.
Kindergarten through second grade winners
Adventure: first place, Jennifer Taylor, Green Bank Elementary-Middle School: “Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dog.”
Fantasy: first place, Victor Dean, Marlinton Elementary School: “The Scare- crow;” and second place, Cora Baldwin, GBEMS: “The Day the Crayons Quit.”
Mystery: first place, Emma Wilfong, MES: “My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish.”
Realistic Fiction: first place, Titus Rittenhouse, GBEMS : “Chewy Louie.”
Mystery: first place, Gina Hardesty’s class, Hillsboro Elementary School: “Little Boy Detective Blue.”
Third through fifth grades
Adventure: first place, Kendall Taylor, GBEMS: “Too Small for the Team.”
Book Series: first place, Jarrell Clifton, MES: “The Black Stallion.”
Fantasy: first place, Harlow Brown, GBEMS: “Charlotte’s Web.”
Historical Fiction: first place, Madelyn Rittenhouse, GBEMS: “A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminsk.”
Realistic Fiction: first place, Ezra Bond, HES: “Towers Falling.”
Biography/Autobiography: first place, Silas Dean, MES: “Who was Black Beard?”
Informational: first place, Trey Sattler, GBEMS: “What was the Alamo?”
Fantasy: first place, Emma Anderson and Roxie Thompson, MES: “Charlotte’s Web.”
Mystery: first place, Chloe Bing and Khloe Gainer, MES: “The Boxcar Children: Mystery Behind the Wall.”
Realistic Fiction: first place, Kya Arbogast and Abigail Taylor, GBEMS: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.”
Sixth through eighth grade
Adventure: first place, Rodrigo Chaves, MMS: “Captain Nobody.”
Fantasy: first place, Shealynn Plaugher, GBEMS: “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.”
Historical Fiction: first place, Joey Van Meter, MMS: “The Traveler’s Gift.”
Mystery: first place, Griffin Taylor, GBEMS: “Red Rover.”
Realistic Fiction: first place, Chase Casto, MMS: “The Raft.”
Science Fiction: first place, Johnna Bennett, GBEMS: “The Wild Robot.”
Biography/Autobiography: first place, Carter Faulknier, MMS: “No Summit Out of Sight.”
Informational: first place, Allyson Taylor, GBEMS: “Friday Night Lights.”
Fantasy: first place, Harmony Thompson and Dallas Sharp, MMS: “Warrior Fire and Ice.”
Historical Fiction: first place, Coleton Birely and Julian Dennison, GBEMS: “I Survived the Shark Attack, 1916.”
Realistic Fiction: first place, Kaylee Hershman and Sierra Nelson, GBEMS: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth.”
Informational: first place, Carly Robinson and Savana Sharp, MMS: “Caves.”
Math field day was held in January. All first place winners moved on to regionals.
Fourth grade: first place, Jarrell Clifton; second place, Ace Gregory; third place, Ava Fields; fourth place, Easton Smith; and fifth place, Elijah Flood.
Fifth grade: first place, Madeleine Burns; second place, Ezra Bond; third place, Eli Beezley; fourth place, Levi Hill; and fifth place, Flash Gregory.
Sixth grade: first place, Willa Hardy; second place, Taylor Trainer; third place, RT Hill; fourth place, Kegan Calhoun; and fifth place, Irelyn Withers.
Seventh grade: first place, Kaidence Cutlip; second grade, Allyson Taylor; third place, Tanner Smith; fourth place, Chase Casto; and fifth place, Morgan Beverage.
Eighth grade: first place, Wade Garber; second place, Paul Jordan; third place, Ramona Hardy; fourth place, Shayla Bennett; and fifth place, Warren Burns.
Ninth grade: first place, Willie O’Ganian; second place, Hailey Fitgerald; third place, Trevor Tuskan; first alternate, Daniel Malcolm; and second alternate, Miles Fitzgerald.
The county science fair was held at Pocahontas County High School and winners moved on to the regional fair.
Fourth grade: first place, “Which Detangler Spray Works Best?” by Abigail Taylor.
Fifth grade: first place, “Water Density,” by Chloe Annett and Madeleine Burns.
The spelling bee was held virtually on February 11 for elementary and middle school students.
Winners were: first place, Shalynn Ramsey, MES; second place, Julia Brown, HES; and third place, Kaidence Cutlip, MMS.
First and second place winners will participate in the regional fair.
The bee was quickly followed by the Young Writers contest, which was judged virtually.
First and second grades: Kendyl Hummell, second grade, HES, “Max and Violet: Together Forever.”
Third and fourth grades: Autumn Hively, fourth grade, HES, “Panic at the Art Store.”
Fifth and sixth grades: Nadiya Kerr, sixth grade, GBEMS, “Regrets.”
Seventh and eighth grades: Callie Davis, eighth grade, MMS, “The Hidden Princess.”
The final competition for the year was the Social Studies Fair February 23. Winners go to the regional fair.
Hillsboro Elementary School
Eli Beezley, “Rome: Ancient Living Conditions;” Madeleine Burns, “Suffolk Punch Horses;” Autumn Hively, “The Little Man Behind the Happy Little Tree Bob Ross;” Stevee Crace, “Ancient Romans Bloody Arena;” and Jackson Tankersley, “WV’s First Dog: Baby Dog.”
Marlinton Elementary School
Makiya Burns, “The History of Maple Syrup.”
Marlinton Middle School
Ramona Hardy, “The Duel: Hamilton and Burr;” Callie Davis, “Bonnie and Clyde; Haily Hoke and Carly Robinson, “Beckwith Lumber Company;” and Savana Sharp, “Mustangs.”
Green Bank Elementary-Middle School
Noah Sharp, “Sgt. Stubby: American Hero;” Moriah Thompson and Madalyn Rittenhouse, “Rider Comin’;” Johnna Bennett, “The Shen-andoah National Park;” Riley Cassell, “K Syndrome;” Allyson Taylor, “Cass: Did You Know?;” Shealynn Plaugher and Haley Moore, “Mary Queen of Scots;” Baylee Nelson and Cadence Kerr, “Michael Jordan: The Man that Changed the Game;” and Sophia Murray and Olivia Hamilton, “World War I Weapons.”