A sixth-grader from Saint Joseph School placed first at the Berkeley County Social Studies Fair on Feb. 10, making him eligible to compete in the regional fair on March 16 at Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va.

Reston Barrow dominated the anthropology category with his project titled “California’s Air: Breathe Cleaner” at the county event, held at Musselman Middle School. All 12 of the Saint Joseph School students who presented their projects on Feb. 10 earned ribbons. Their displays were among 155 entered in the 2024 fair.

Three Crusaders placed second:

  • Lorelei Oligmueller in geography with “Malts vs. Milkshakes”

  • Savannah Bischoff in economics with “Who’s Counting: Was The Eras Tour or the NFL Better for the Economy?”

  • Chase Domenico in world history with “The Vietnam War”

Five SJS students took third place: 

  • Lane Smith in economics with “The History of Limousin Cattle: Economic Advantages to the Farmer”

  • Andrew Egress in U.S. history with “East Broad Top: The Railroad That Could”

  • Ethan Severance in geography with “Railroads in West Virginia: Where They Are and Why They Are There”

  • Shaan Sood in sociology with “How Sports Can Enhance Students Academically”

  • Micah Kovacs in psychology with “The Mind and the Matter”

Honorable mention was awarded to:

  • Harlan Harmison in world history with “Lacrosse: Its Origins and Current State”

  • Rebecca Par in sociology with “Men or Mice: Is the Practice Ethical?”

  • Ricky Monroe in U.S. history with “The History of the Big Boys”

Also qualifying for the county event but unable to attend was SJS eighth-grader Riley Kilmer.