The Constitution and You: Students Successfully Create Winning Videos

April 20, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia students have used their creativity and knowledge to win a video contest about the U.S. Constitution.

With the support of the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia State Bar sponsored a contest that rewards students for the best creation of a 3-minute video with the theme, "The Constitution and You: How the Constitution Has Affected Your Life." First place winners receive $500 and second place finishers receive $250 each.

“We hope that the creation of videos was a rewarding learning experience and that the students enjoyed making the videos while simultaneously learning more about the Constitution,” said Joyce Morton, a member of the West Virginia State Bar.

"Understanding the origins of the U.S. Constitution and the role it plays in our daily lives is something that benefits all students," said Michael Martirano, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools. "Students who participated in the contest developed a deep understanding of what the Constitution means today."

Dakota Peak, a Berkeley County homeschool student in grade twelve, captured first place while ninth grader Emily James from Winfield High in Putnam County, was second in the high school division.

In the middle school division, eight grader Lhasa Peak, also a homeschool student from Berkeley County, finished first while Emily James, an eighth grade student from Winfield Middle School in Putnam County, was second.

The top winners received their prizes during the annual State Bar meeting being held this year at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, West Virginia. The first place winners of the video competition, together with one parent, were invited to the dinner.

Videos were judged on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and quality. The contest was open to West Virginia residents in grades 6-12.

To view the winning videos, visit or for more information, contact the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699. 

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