CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia students have used their creativity and knowledge to win a video contest about the Magna Carta and how that document influenced the writing of 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 video with the theme, “The Magna Carta: What It Means Today.” First place winners received $500 and second place finishers received $250.
“This contest allowed students to understand the underpinnings of our government and the underlying conflicts which existed around the execution of the first Magna Carta,” said Burton Hunter, a member of the West Virginia State Bar.
Students in grades 6-12 applied to compete in the annual competition. Videos were required to meet certain guidelines, such as adherence to this year’s theme and a less-than-three-minute length requirement.
“I am extremely proud of the effort each student who competed in the competition put forth,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano. “I believe it is necessary to have an understanding of the history of our nation’s founding principles, and these students have demonstrated the highest levels of learning and creativity. I’m very pleased that the State Bar continues to hold this competition in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education.”
Judging for the competition was broken into high school and middle school levels.
Jill Goben, a 12th-grader attending Washington High School in Jefferson County, took home the first place prize while ninth-grader Lhasa Peak, a homeschool student in Morgan County, finished in second place in the high school division.
In the middle school division, seventh-grader Mychal Boggs from Ravenswood Middle School in Jackson County won first place, and Asa Hammer, a sixth grade student from Shepherdstown Middle School in Jefferson County, was second.
The first place winners have also been invited to attend the annual State Bar meeting being held this year at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where they will be recognized for the originality, creativity and quality of their videos.
To view all winning videos, visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/wvstatebar/.