Dozens of eighth-grade students from all around West Virginia gathered on the steps of the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon before the annual Golden Horseshoe Award ceremony. The award is presented to students who do very well on a test measuring knowledge of West Virginia's history and culture.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 200 West Virginia eighth-graders were presented with the Golden Horseshoe Award for outstanding performance on the test measuring students' knowledge of the state's history and culture.Students who received the award on Thursday were inducted as knights and ladies of the Golden Horseshoe Society. The induction ceremony was held at the state Culture Center.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 and is the longest-running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award.Golden Horseshoe Winners:Barbour County: Kyle Amodio, Corrine McDaniel, Brandon TaylorBerkeley: Zachary Andrews, Anthony Brown, Elizabeth Chaney, Stephen Groh, Tara Morgen, Vincent Powell, Tyler Richards, Joshua Taylor, Matthew ZollingerBoone: Delmar Browning, Caleb Coffey, Jonathan Malcomb, Jordan WheatleyBraxton: Caroline Nicholas, Sarah Skidmore, Emma SteortsBrooke: William Combs, Madeleine Marks, Dalton MingerCabell: Jacob Bryant, Bethann Flint, John Holbrook, Spencer Mays, Mary Piaskowski, Stephen Richbart, Trevor WilsonCalhoun: Taylor Garrett, Melinda McCumbersClay: Johnna Casey, Isabelle Haverty, George Wilkinson, KaliMuhly-Alexander, Shawna WebbFayette: Bailey Bowling, Brianna Canterbury, Haley Skaggs, Jared Stover, Tyler ZickafooseGilmer: Hannah Moore, Cheruto Shiow
Grant: Nicholas Green, Lauren Harman, Austin MeckGreenbrier: Justin Adkins, Brandon Ayers, Hannah Crist, Katherine WaltonHampshire: Colton Corbin, Arlie Dolly IV, Robert JudyHancock: Elijah Ford, Daniel Mayfield, Isabella Neer, Zachary PorterHardy: Mitchell Martin, Joshua Ograbisz, Mallory Sisler
Harrison: Alexander Bradley-Popovich, Jacob Funk, Daniel Keough, Margaret Lohmann, Minahal Naveed, Brandon Richter
Jackson: Alyssa Bumpus, Brett Johnson, Solomon Phillips, Briana WrightJefferson: Ryan Brigman, Samuel Dilima, Hunter Palmer, William Shultz III, Christian ThrasherKanawha: Daniel Atik, Benjamin Bradley, Alexander Canfield, Taylor Gessel, Allison Haynes, Brooke Hypes, Samuel Levenson, Zane Lewis, Isasc Liu, Kara Lough, Regan Sands, Madison Soice, Madeleine SummersLewis: Kurtis Gunter, Hannah Hall, Lindsey LoughLincoln: Caleb Cook, Kiara Pauley, Jade SaulLogan: Alex Berry, Andrew Bias, Michael Bryant, Lasyapriya PidaparthiMarion: Evan Cole, Ryan Desellems, Emily Doshier, Alexander Hays, Noah RedmondMarshall: Luke Foster, Sierra Klages, Joseph Kuskey, Anthony Meggs,Mason: Kristin DeVault, Dylan Haynes, Brandon Henderson, Jamin LaytonMcDowell: Jeffrey Bennett, Shania Clack, Andrea Short
Mercer: Chase Broyles, Taylor Lewis, Randall Maxey Jr., Jacob Mayberry, James Michels, Benjamin Sheffler,Mineral: Devon Alt, Emily Hines, Andrew Kenney, Olivia YoungMingo: Faith Hensley, Shane Milam, Kailey Stuart, Jessica SturgellMonongalia: Michael Jones, Emily Lederman, Avery Lyons, Mathew Peries, Sadaf Sarwari, Roark SizemoreMonroe: Catherine Allen, Savannah Horney, Shannon MillerMorgan: Robert Ratcliff III, Logan Rothstein, Jeremy WallsNicholas: Morgan Collins, William Lyons, Ethan Miller, Maggie Sebert-SweeneyOhio: Elena Akers, Kayley Miller, James Miller III, Eli PavilackPendleton: Francis Dunn, Chase SimmonsPleasants: Katelyn Billeter, Jenna Snodgrass, Kyle TaylorPocahontas: Caitlin Barnes, Tommy GruelickPreston: Ashley Cole, Rylee Roy, Seth Spahr, Emilea WarnickPutnam: John Carnell, Morgan Hambel, Caroline Leadmon, Sarah Lipinski, Nicholas Reeder, Brett WattsRaleigh: Savannah Gwinn, Michael Hegele, Brandon Keaton, Caleb Miller, Trevor Pritchett, Paul Rose, Lucas ThompsonRandolph: Ty Davisson, Benjamin Hummer, Walter King, Katelin SnyderRitchie: Ryan Alexander, Justin Curfman, Elizabeth LittleRoane: Johnathan Harris, Nicholas Keaton, Camden MooreSummers: Amber Avis, Pearl Knott, Joshua SmithTaylor: Taylor Dean, Benjamin Flohr, Trevor SeargeantTucker: Amanda Harper, Lukas ThompsonTyler: Scott Gorby, Brannon Jones, Julian WorkUpshur: John Antolini, Tyler Boyd, Nathan Hoover, Zackary MalcombWayne: Shelby Adams, Alexander Kleppe, Joshua Mitts, Eddie Stamper Jr., Benjamin ThompsonWebster: Bethany Anderson, Sydney Mollohan, Jakob PayneWetzel: Derrick Blain, Chase Miller, Carter SeckmanWirt: Cammi Ferguson, Brady OhrnWood: Lauren Adkins, Mary Bolton, Allison Currey, Donna Kincaid, Andrew Mommessin, Ethan Powers, Lilyan WrightWyoming: Rodney Cameron, Zachary McCoy, Bradley McKinney, Erika OsborneWest Virginia School for the Blind: Tyler GreeneWest Virginia School for the Deaf: Kailey Minor