Eighth graders across West Virginia participate annually in the Golden Horseshoe test. Every county is represented in a ceremony at the State Capital in Charleston to be inducted as Sir Knight or Lady of the Golden Horseshoe.

Calhoun Middle School finalists this year are Michael Tucker, Kevin Harbarger, Quentin Murphy, Ashley Houchin, Erik Johnson, Jordan Panarello, Christopher Cunningham, Tyler Bennett, Joshua Summers, Dillon Richards, Stewart Fitzwater, and Caden Arnold.

The Golden Horseshoe Program is the culmination of the study of West Virginia history, and includes a study of citizenship, government, economics, geography, history, current events and the arts.

The Golden Horseshoe concept originated in the eighteenth century in colonial Virginia. Alexander Spotswood, the governor of Virginia, saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains.

He presented his party of 50 explorers with a small golden horseshoe to commemorate the venture across the mountains.