(05/01/2017)
Calhoun County students were given 2017 Golden Horseshoes in Charleston, the winners Ronnie Laughlin and Philine Lippmann.

The Golden Horseshoe is known as a symbol of scholastic achievement to honor students who excel in the study of West Virginia. Part of a student's eighth grade studies include taking a comprehensive West Virginia curriculum. The curriculum engages the students in the intense study of history, geography, economy and government of the Mountain State.

The primary goal of the program is to promote pride in our state, develop intellectual and participatory skills as well as foster attitudes that are necessary for students to participate as effective, involved, and responsible citizens.

This prestigious program takes its name from the golden horseshoes given to the early explorers of West Virginia. In 1716, the Governor of the Virginia colony, Alexander Spotswood, saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia.

Governor Spotswood presented each member of his party with a small golden horseshoe to commemorate the bravery of those who crossed the mountains into Western Virginia, beginning the Golden Horseshoe tradition.


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