CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recognized 221 eighth-grade students from middle schools across the state as 2022 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe today at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. Three ceremonies were held to honor students for achieving this milestone.
The WVDE inducted the students as part of the 306th anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe legacy, recognizing them for their achievement in knowledge of West Virginia history.
“These students demonstrated both the resiliency and dedication required for this achievement,” said State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch. “The work ethic exemplified by this class is evidence that they will be incredible ambassadors for the Mountain State. I look forward to the many wonderful things they will achieve.”
Nine new honorary Golden Horseshoe Award recipients were also knighted as part of the ceremony including James D. Turley (posthumously), Boone County; Delegate Brent Boggs, Braxton County; Keith Moody, Jefferson County; Jeffrey Stephens, Marshall County; Carmen Soltesz, Mingo County; Ashley Mann, Monroe County; Cela J. Burge, Nicholas County; Deana Kendall, Roane County; and Norma J. Cutright, Upshur County.
Governor Jim Justice will be knighted as an honorary member on West Virginia Day (Monday, June 20, 2022) during activities at the State Culture Center.
This year’s ceremony also featured the new Golden Horseshoe sword designed by students at Musselman High School and forged by students at James Rumsey Technical Center in Berkeley County.
To learn more about the Golden Horseshoe award including its history and past winners, visit the WVDE website.