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Students to be honored with Golden Horseshoe Award

May. 01, 2013 @ 08:25 PM

CHARLESTON -- More than 200 West Virginia eighth-graders will be presented with the Golden Horseshoe Award on Friday, May 3, at the Culture Center in Charleston for their performance on the Golden Horseshoe exam, which tests students' knowledge of the state's history and culture.

Students receiving the award are inducted as knights and ladies of the Golden Horseshoe Society.

The Golden Horseshoe originated in the early colony of Virginia when Gov. Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia. Spotswood presented each member of the exploration party with a golden horseshoe to commemorate the venture.

The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award.

Area winners include, from Cabell County: Ella Cooper, Grace Kinder, George McPhail and Jasen Thaxton, Milton Middle School; Brandon Duckworth, St. Joseph Grade School; Elizabeth Nilles, Beverly Hills Middle School; and Joseph Touma, Our Lady of Fatima Parish School.

Wayne County: Taylor Adkins, Ceredo-Kenova Middle School; Jacob Cumm and Dakota Sanders, Vinson Middle School; and Kyle Powers and Kendal Turley, Wayne Middle School.

Lincoln County: Kaleb Aldridge, Karin Neace and Brianna Nelson.

Mason County: Emilee Hitt, Sidney Ross, Alexis Smith and Siera Toles.

Putnam County: Shelby Bayliss, Michael Carte, Darin Lester, Samantha Mayberry, John McVey, Alyssa Rittinger and Mary Ann Allen (honorary).