2015 Social Studies Fair Winners


LOCAL/STATE STUDIES 

Division I:  Individual 

1st  

Nick Hodges 

Straley 

West Virginia State Police 

 

2nd  

Isaiah Proffitt 

Ceres 

How Does the Wade Center Benefit the Local Community? 

 

3rd  

Bralend Murphy 

Oakvale 

WVVA:  Always Here For You 

 

 

 

 

 

Division I:  Small Group 

1st  

Isabella Mullens and Taryn Bailey 

Mercer 

What Makes Mercer School So Unique? 

 

2nd  

Ryan Houk and Layne Jones 

Bluewell 

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, WV 

 

3rd  

Virgil Ellison, Caleb Chapman and Trevor Mabe 

Glenwood 

History of the New River 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Individual 

1st 

Ethan Spangler 

Bluefield Middle 

Did You Know I Am A Millionaire? 

 

2nd 

Abigayle Whitesel 

Montcalm Middle 

Silver Bridge Tragedy 

 

3rd 

Will Youther 

Bluefield Middle 

New River Gorge Bridge 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II: Small Group 

1st 

Tristen Carver and Zack Havens 

Montcalm Middle 

White Lightning! 

 

2nd 

Alex Davis and Landon McCarty 

Glenwood 

The “Evilution” of the Prescription Drug Problem in Southern West Virginia 

 

3rd 

Jeremy Harsanyne, Montana Mitchum and Cameron Christopher 

Princeton Middle 

New River Gorge 

 

 

 

 

 

Division III: Individual 

1st 

Garret Meadows 

Princeton Senior High 

Who is Edgar Allen Poe? 

U. S. HISTORY 

Division I: Individual 

1st 

Jaiden Borich 

Bluewell 

Morse Code 

 

2nd 

Tori Feuchtenberger 

Mercer 

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread 

 

3rd 

Jessica Stogner 

Bluefield Intermediate 

Fort Sumter 

 

 

 

 

 

Division I: Small Group 

1st 

Alexander Alvarez and Samuel Chambers 

Athens 

Escape From Alcatraz? 

 

2nd 

Kaylee Cales and Abby Jones 

Sun Valley 

Dreams Do Come True 

 

3rd 

Cambria Terry and Calli Waddell 

Brushfork 

How Did Two Wrights Take Flight? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Individual 

1st 

Samuel Hylton 

PikeView Middle 

United StatesGovernment 

 

2nd 

Katherine Webb 

PikeView Middle 

Founding Mothers 

 

3rd 

Madison Bratton 

Montcalm Middle 

Who Was Amelia Earhart? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Small Group 

1st 

Autumn Richardson and Miranda Cales 

PikeView Middle 

September 11thTerrorist Attack 

 

2nd 

Brian Pendergrass and Blake Pendergrass 

Montcalm Middle 

How Has Farming Changed in America? 

 

3rd 

Faith Adkins and Netty Cowan 

Princeton Middle 

Racing Back Into History 

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD HISTORY 

Division I:  Individual 

1st 

Jackson Hurst 

Mercer 

History of Bowling 

 

2nd 

Gracie Oxley 

Bluewell 

Princess Diana 

 

3rd 

Jacob Coy 

Lashmeet/Matoaka 

How Has Basketball Changed? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division I: Small Group 

1st 

Katie Grubb and Samantha Neal 

Ceres 

History of Soccer 

 

2nd 

Ally Cardona and Tiara Orlicki 

Sun Valley 

The Titanic Sinks 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Individual 

1st 

Leanna Nicholson 

PikeView Middle 

The Unsinkable Ship 

 

2nd 

Kassi Diffenbach 

Bluefield Middle 

The Statue of Liberty 

 

3rd 

Elijah Sarver 

Bluefield Middle 

World War II 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Small Group 

1st 

Dakota Wilson and Tyler Pigg 

Montcalm Middle 

The Building Blocks of Building Blocks 

 

2nd 

Cody Gill, John Lawson, Jr., Jeremiah Hughes, Asher “A.J.” Stemple, Seandre Dowell 

Princeton Middle 

Disaster!  The Titanic 

 

3rd 

Kadee Farley-Redden and Akira Smith 

PikeView Middle 

What Was the Black Plague? 

 

 

 

 

 

ECONOMICS 

Division I:  Individual 

1st 

Dylan Canterbury 

Glenwood 

Mountaintop Removal, Re-Claim and Re-Use 

 

2nd 

Ryan Mickey 

Straley 

Apple, Inc. 

 

3rd 

Peyton Greer 

Spanishburg 

Did itunes Hurt the Music Industry? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division I:  Small Group 

1st 

Finn Bailey, Nate Cook and Rory Bailey 

Mercer 

What is a Penny Worth? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II: Individual 

1st 

Hailey Hurst 

Princeton Middle 

The History of Coca Cola 

 

2nd 

Dallas Auton 

PikeView Middle  

Monopoly Then and Now 

 

3rd 

Jaden Lambert 

Montcalm Middle 

Do You Think Money Grows on Trees? 

Division II:  Small Group 

1st 

Anyah Brown and Chloie Lilly 

PikeView Middle 

Generic Vs. Name Brand 

 

2nd 

Ben Chambers and Jordan Combs 

PikeView Middle 

The Economics of Batman 

 

 

 

 

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 

Division I:  Individual 

1st 

Bradford Hurt 

Mercer 

Life on a Military Base 

 

2nd 

Caroline Fox 

Spanishburg 

How Do Theodore Roosevelt’s Conservation Laws Impact the US Today? 

 

3rd 

Kaylee Adkins 

Melrose 

Your Right to Vote 

 

 

 

 

 

Division I:  Small Group 

1st 

Paige Machnic and Travis Broyles 

Mercer 

Child Labor:  The Photographs That Helped Change Federal Law 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Individual 

1st 

Katie Thomas 

Princeton Middle 

The Confederate Flag 

 

2nd 

Josh Hubbard 

PikeView Middle 

Alcatraz 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Small Group 

1st 

Kiersten Davis and Belle Burns 

Glenwood 

Seatbelt Safety 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIOLOGY 

Division I:  Individual 

1st 

Halie Gunnoe 

Melrose 

Look, Take A Closer Look 

 

2nd 

James Wynn 

Glenwood 

Camouflage:  Function or Fad? 

 

3rd 

Peyton Pedigo 

Mercer 

How Has Womens’ Fashion Changed Since the 1950’s? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division I:  Small Group 

1st 

Lily Powell and Reagan Southers 

Mercer 

Polio Eradication:  How Close Are We? 

 

2nd 

Nathan Craddock and Kaitlyn Lambert 

Mercer 

Virtually Speaking:  Connecting With People Through These Online Games 

 

3rd 

Connor Gibson, Mason Hatfield and Nick Jarvis 

Mercer 

How Nintendo Conquered the World 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Individual 

1st 

Lillian Cline 

Glenwood 

“Know Your Role” Gender Stereotyping in Advertisements 

 

2nd 

Gaige Sisk 

Bluefield Middle 

The History of Basketball 

 

3rd 

Haley Meade 

Princeton Middle 

Nutcracker Ballet 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Small Group 

1st 

Bradley Thomas, Emily Worley and Sydney Hollins 

Princeton Middle 

How Does Addiction Affect Society? 

 

2nd 

Harlee Blankenship, Skylur Rice and Julia Bailey 

Glenwood 

Let Me Take A Selfie 

 

3rd 

Meraleigh Stamper and Madilyn Hurt 

Princeton Middle 

The Machine is Back 

 

 

 

 

 

GEOGRAPHY 

Division I:  Individual 

1st 

Canaan Halstead 

Spanishburg 

The Great American Chestnut Tree, Is it Gone Forever? 

 

2nd 

Johnny Meadows 

Lashmeet/Matoaka 

Bull Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico 

 

3rd 

Kaitlyn Taylor 

Spanishburg 

Mauna Loa-Volcano 

 

 

 

 

 

Division I:  Small Group 

1st 

Aniyah Tyndall and Dexter Simon 

Bluefield Intermediate 

The Bahamas 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II: Individual 

1st 

Joshua Punturi 

Bluefield Middle 

Sea Turtles: How Have Humans Affected the Sea Turtle Population? 

 

2nd 

Bryce Lester 

PikeView Middle 

Hang in There 

 

3rd 

Baylee Tanner 

Bluefield Middle 

Are Zoos Humane? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Small Group 

 

NONE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTHROPOLOGY 

Division I:  Individual 

1st 

Zachariah Neal 

Bluefield Intermediate 

African Americans 

 

2nd 

Tyler Hampton 

Sun Valley 

Day in the Life of the Amish 

 

3rd 

Brian Rode 

Straley 

The Iroquois Tribe – How Did the Culture Survive and Thrive? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division I:  Small Group 

1st 

SophieWoody and Emma Rye 

Oakvale 

Mermaids Are Real!  What is Sirenomelia? 

 

2nd 

Colton Knight, Matthew Kinser and Austin Shrewsbury 

Spanishburg 

Why Are the Bees Leaving? 

 

3rd 

Joshua Rameriz-Gordon and Chris Edwards 

Straley 

Johnny Appleseed – Myth or Cultural Icon? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II: Individual 

1st 

Halie Gullett 

Montcalm Middle 

The Tennessee Walking Horse 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Small Group 

1st 

Bailee Darago, Alicia Reed and Aaron Turner 

Montcalm Middle 

What is ASL? 

 

2nd 

Kirsten Corner and Emily Phelps 

Glenwood 

Breast Cancer 

 

3rd 

Kailey Sarver and Olivia Mullins 

Glenwood 

What is the True Meaning of a Redneck? 

PSYCHOLOGY 

Division I:  Individual 

1st 

Jacelyn Taylor 

Mercer 

What Your Choice In Nail Polish Says About Your Personality 

 

2nd 

Kelsie Gravely 

Lashmeet/Matoaka 

When Will Child Abuse Ever End? 

 

3rd 

Leah Williams 

Melrose 

Why is Dental Fear Common? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division I:  Small Group 

1st 

Joseph Flanigan, Wyatt Stanley and Zack Neal 

Mercer 

Phobias:  What Are You Afraid Of? 

 

2nd 

Lilly Burns, Kylee Christian, Kalee Wright and Addison Sarver 

Glenwood 

Is Laughter the Best Medicine? 

 

3rd 

Chase Smith and Wyatt Anderson 

Mercer 

Video Games:  Fun or Educational? 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II: Individual 

1st 

Kayton Perkins 

Montcalm Middle 

Pray:  Just Do It 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II:  Small Group 

1st 

Ashleigh Justice and Karmellia Perkins 

Princeton Middle 

How Does Bullying Affect Everyone?