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Celebrate W.Va.'s birthday with art

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is asking its students to help celebrate the state’s 150th birthday this summer by entering an art contest.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade can create a birthday card, while middle and high school students can create videos.

Themes for the videos are "Happy 150th Birthday West Virginia — What Makes West Virginia Unique" and "What makes West Virginia special?" Students should wish West Virginia a happy 150th birthday within the videos.

Prizes include Kindles and gift cards for each age group. The winning artwork also may be showcased in the rotunda during the West Virginia 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol.

There is no entry fee and artwork can be submitted between April 1 and May 15. Each artwork or video must have an official application. Applications are available online at www.wvcommerce.org/art150.