Students Learn Creativity Pays

January 14, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A ninth grade student from Tyler County Consolidated High School has designed the overall winning logo for the new West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2).  Crysta Long’s design, which will be used on all test materials, was chosen from nine grade level winners, who were recognized by the West Virginia Board of Education during its January meeting on Wednesday.



WESTEST Contest Winner


“This contest is a good example of 21st century skills at work in the classroom,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “Students had to use 21st century skills such as creativity and critical thinking in designing their logos.”



Winning Logo


Each grade level winner received a digital camera. Long also received a laptop computer. Other winners and their grade level are:

Grade 3:   Daisy McCune, Divide Elementary, Fayette County

Grade 4:   Emma Pino, Rosedale Elementary, Fayette

Grade 5:   Emily McNeil, Woodsdale Elementary, Ohio

Grade 6:   Bryan Stone, Hamilton Middle School, Wood

Grade 7:   Adam Church, Hedgesville Middle School, Berkeley

Grade 8:   Josh Chancey, Ripley Middle School, Jackson

Grade 10:  Tori Shepherd, Parkersburg South High School, Wood

Grade 11:  Sonya Mullins, Matewan High School, Mingo


More than 3,000 West Virginia public school students in grades 3 through 11 entered the logo contest. Their designs were to encompass the new CSOs, as well as the content, rigor and skills that West Virginia students need to know to effectively participate in today’s world.


Entry packets were sent to county test coordinators statewide. The laptop was donated by Pomeroy IT Solutions of Charleston. Wal-Mart Superstore of South Charleston also made a monetary contribution for the student awards.


To prepare students to succeed in the 21st century, the West Virginia Board of Education and the state Department of Education initiated their 21st Century Learning and Teaching program. At its core are updated Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs), which now incorporate rigor, relevance and 21st century skills such as critical thinking, innovation, creativity and problem solving.


Part of this system-wide change is a new assessment that is aligned to the rigorous 21st century CSOs.  The new WESTEST 2 assessment, which will administered in May, is the result of work of West Virginia educators, including 250 teachers and many other stakeholders.


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