Golden Horseshoe Award Given to WV Middle Schoolers

More than 200 eighth graders have been honored as winners of the Golden Horseshoe Award for their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.

State Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple acknowledged the students from each of the state's 55 counties during an awards ceremony Tuesday in Charleston.

The first Golden Horseshoe ceremony was held in 1931. The award's name comes from golden horseshoes that Colonial Virginia Gov. Alexander Spotswood gave to a party of about 50 men who explored land west of the Allegheny Mountains in the early 1700s.

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