West Virginia First Lady announces 'Create a Quarter' contest for students

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 2:49 PM EST
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West Virginia First Cathy Lady Justice announced a 'Create a Quarter for West Virginia' contest in honor of President's Day next month, according to a news release.

This contest will be the sixth installment of the First Lady's Student Artist Series, which is an initiative that promotes the importance of arts within schools throughout West Virginia by hosting art competitions for students of various ages during special holidays, according to the release from the First Lady's office.

All 11th-grade students attending public and private schools in the state are invited to participate in the contest, according to the First Lady's office. Eligible students are encouraged to study the history of President's Day, and then recreate the reverse side of the West Virginia State Quarter in an artistic way.

The state quarter was released in 2005 as a part of the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters program. The quarter features the New River Gorge Bridge on the reverse side and the traditional bust of President George Washington on the obverse.

Students can use painting, drawing and other art mediums to create the reverse of the West Virginia quarter, the First Lady's office says. Students may also design the reverse sides of their quarters digitally.

Students are encouraged to create the design large enough to clearly see details. All designs must be original and fit on standard 8.5x11" paper.

Quarter designs must include the following:

-State name ("West Virginia" and the year West Virginia became a state, "1863")

-The location in West Virginia being depicted in the artwork.

-The current year ("2020" and the Latin phrase, "E PLURIBUS UNUM")

A copy of the design must be scanned and emailed to Along with a scanned copy, students must include their name, school name, county, phone number, teacher's name and teacher's email.

Designs will be accepted until Feb. 7. Gift cards will be awarded for winning designs.

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