West Virginia students receive Golden Horseshoe award

June 14, 2022 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia honored 221 eighth graders Tuesday for their knowledge of state history.

The Department of Education hosted the Golden Horseshoe ceremonies at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Three ceremonies took place for students from different parts of the state.

More than 15,000 West Virginia students have received the Golden Horseshoe Award since 1931. Thousands of eighth graders take the Golden Horseshoe exam each year, and the top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award.

The ceremony Tuesday included the new Golden Horseshoe sword designed by students at Musselman High School and forged by students at James Rumsey Technical Center in Berkeley County, the department said.

The award’s name comes from golden horseshoes that Virginia Gov. Alexander Spotswood gave to a party of about 50 men who explored land west of the Allegheny Mountains in the early 1700s.

The Golden Horseshoe test is the longest running program of its kind in the United States.