221 Eighth Graders to Be Inducted into Golden Horseshoe Society

May 16, 2000

State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart and State Board President Cleo P. Mathews will lead the induction ceremonies as 221 West Virginia eighth graders receive the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award on Friday, May 19.  

The awards ceremonies will be held in the Cultural Center Theatre in Charleston.  

The Golden Horseshoe originated in the early colony of Virginia when then-Governor Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia. The Governor presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe to commemorate the venture across the mountains.  

Students receiving the award on Friday will be inducted as “knights” and “ladies” of the Golden Horseshoe Society. Students receive the award for outstanding performance on the Golden Horseshoe Test, a test which assesses students’ knowledge of West Virginia culture and history. Activities of the day include:  

9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony, Cultural Center Theatre  

10:00 a.m. Group Picture, Capitol Steps  

1:15 p.m. Induction Ceremony, Cultural Center Theatre

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