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A portion of the exhibits on hand for the 2022 West Virginia Social Studies Fair at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Hundreds of elementary school students from across West Virginia showed off their social studies skills in Charleston on Friday.

The West Virginia Department of Education hosted its West Virginia Social Studies Fair 2022 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, the first in-person trade show since 2019 due to COVID-19.

Over 500 students submitted 282 projects this year. The competition categories included anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, national and local studies, United States history, and world history.

Dustin Lambert, state social studies coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Education, told MetroNews that 36 counties were represented Friday. He said every county was well represented.

“Students are passionate about education, they are passionate about learning. This is the biggest student event we organize at the Department of Education,” said Lambert.

The National Social Studies Fair recognizes students’ achievements and encourages them to practice their information and communication skills, their thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as their interpersonal and self-help skills.

Winners were awarded in the following categories: Grades 3-5; 6th to 8th grade; and grades 9 through 12. Lambert said the judges are independent volunteers from across the state.

“I was a high school teacher and middle school principal before coming here and I am always amazed by what these students know and what they are learning themselves. I love how they’re able to articulate what they’ve learned,” Lambert said.

Winners can be viewed HERE.