More than 200 West Virginia eighth-graders were inducted as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe on Thursday, in recognition of their knowledge of the state’s history and culture. 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, according to the West Virginia Department of Education. The top-scoring students in each county receive the award. Each county has at least two winners.
The Golden Horseshoe name derives from an early exploration of western Virginia in the 18th century. Alexander Spotswood, then governor of Virginia, gave a golden horseshoe to about 50 men who were part of the exploration party.
The exam tests student knowledge on West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events. A full list of this year’s winners is below.
Barbour County: Maddi Carpenter, Brandon Messenger, Johnny Williams; Berkeley County: Grace Bridges, Eden Canby, Ashton Dill, Solange Disasi, Zachary Hammersla, Abigail Hess, Thabiso Mutumhe, Cameron Palmer, Christophe Salgado; Boone County: Jacob Ferrell, Karah Little, Seth Mullins, Christian Thompson; Braxton County: Heath Cottrill, Timothy Harman, Logan Rose; Brooke County: Jacob Huntzinger, Ethan Secrist, Mikayla Wood; Cabell County: Hunter Adams, Joshua Boling, Adam Brumfield, Anastasia Cook, Theodore Cook, Charity Leep, Alec Phelps; Calhoun County: Caroline Mccumbers, Robert Twist IV; Clay County: Joseph Dawson, Laura Hundley, David Tanner II; Doddridge County: Logan Gogan, Joseph Heckert; Fayette County: Patrick Baisi, Faith Bigelow, Trevor Ford, Broderick McDonald, Jordan Nibert; Gilmer County: Ruthann Cain, Sada Wright; Grant County: Madelyn Brewer, John Monroe, Kristin Wolfe; Greenbrier County: Prahalath Anbu Bharathi, Savannah Buckland, Peter Kadel, Zachary Ramsey; Hampshire County: Isaac Boyce, Emily Carl, Trevor Shaffer, Monica Werner, Lucas Combs (W.Va. School for the Blind), Hunter Barrows (W.Va. School for the Deaf);
Hancock County: Sean Gray, Morgan Hicks, Alessia Richmond, Jonathan Wynn; Hardy County: Autumn Ayers, Eathan George, Jeremiah Hines; Harrison County: Norman Junkins III, Joplin Kehrer, Dylan McCullough, Kendall Robey, Chase Sfameni, Matthew Strange, Leon Wilson; Jackson County: Elias Cope, Presley Fisher, Michael Morgan, Teresa Riffle; Jefferson County: Nicholas Chapman, Emma Damm, James Frye, Parker Jackson, Max Ober, Eva Smith; Kanawha County: Simon Agnew, Liam Bailey, Reuben Beasley, Payten Brown, Cora Dunlap, Jayvon Hall, Abbie Henry, Kiran Kesari, Jacob Levenson, Antonio Lim, Elizabeth Pile, Kelsey Reynolds, Mary Storrow Schulz; Lewis County: Benjamin Harman, Skylar Metz, Robert Mitchell; Lincoln County: Bradley Bragg, Logan Christian, Annie Pauley; Logan County: Jacy Baxter, Hunter Gibson, Taylor Jarrell, Savannah Toney; Marion County: Maya Dalton, James Dillon, Rebecca Kocsis, Adia Kolb, Caden Suplita; Marshall County: Cole Quigley, Justin Schrack, Trey Scott, Wyatt Setterstrom;
Mason County: Colton Arrington, Hayden Fetty, Isaiah Pauley, Christophe Potts; McDowell County: Seth Cardwell, Logan Kennedy, Tyler Rotenberry; Mercer County: Andrew Caywood, Cortney Hamilton, Rachel Johnson, Zachary Lawless, Makayla Mitchell, Kelly Neal; Mineral County: Hosanna Barrett, Micah Buser, Nikki Cannon, Samantha Martin; Mingo County: Kaitlyn Akers, Rachel Fox, Fallon Gallimore, Casey King; Monongalia County: Victoria Dean, Emily Fisher, Joshua Harman, Everett Lester, Griffin Nordstrom, Ali Rai; Monroe County: Bryce Dickerson, Kaleigh Maxey, Megan Miller, Remington Reece; Morgan County: Christopher Dodson, Morgan Golden, Stephanie Golden; Nicholas County: Andrew Cook, Eamonn Payton, Joseph Perry, Savannah Tinnel; Ohio County: Nathan Blair, Hannah Burgess, Allison Holmstrand, Jack Stryker; Pendleton County: Jared Harman, Madison Sites; Pleasants County: Corbin Bussey, Lindsay George, Ryan McFarland, Andrea Watson, Spencer Wren; Pocahontas County: Jacob Hise, William Payton; Preston County: Jacob Brookover, Madison Crane, Hunter Davis, Desiree Fultz; Putnam County: Michael Harvey, Emily James, Conor McEnany, Luna Phalen, Seth Polk, Samuel Webster;
Raleigh County: Sirena Bennett, Seth Buckland, Chase Graham, Meredith Gwinn, James Higgins, Zachary Meador, Ryan Womack; Randolph County: Madison Bowers, Hayden Long, Cheyeanne Swiger, Lauren Wilmoth; Ritchie County: Ivy Scoville, William Siers, Jonathan Wilson; Roane County: Paige Davenport, Christophe Deel, Keira Shaffer; Summers County: Jonathan Bennett, Colton Cross, Matthew Fleshman; Taylor County: Louis James Latta, Keith Skaggs, Jarrett Toothman; Tucker County: John Gherman, Destiny Meador; Tyler County: Colby Buchanan, Rosana Smith, Theodore Stackpole; Upshur County: Benjamin Bohman, Shelby Daugherty, Gabrielle Epp; Wayne County: Kelsea Adkins, Ethan Cade, Tanner Dixon, Noah Hill, Michael Moon; Webster County: Ian Chapman, Avery Clutter, Waymon McCourt; Wetzel County: Garret Babe, Peyton Bassett, Mackenzie Drake; Wirt County: Addie Bailey, Kyle Bentz; Wood County: Anna Fatta, Andrew Gnegy, Jordan Mader, Ian McKnight, Wade Powers, Akshay Sambandham, Kaylyn Smith; Wyoming County: Samuel Mack, Bryce Nelson, Kara Sandy, Christian Weis.