2003 Character Education Essay Contest Winners

January 09, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education and the Department of Education applauds the winners of the annual statewide Character Education Essay Contest. Approximately 5,000 students across the state participated in the contest. As teachers strive to maintain and reach high student performance levels, they recognize the importance of communication through writing as early as pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.  

“Not only will character education teach students to have respect for others, but it also teaches them to have respect for themselves,” said State Schools Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “The schools, teachers and students should be commended for their high level of writing.”  

County level winners and state level winners were selected in grades three through 12 by a team of teachers. Essays were numbered and judged by grade level.  

The following is a list of the statewide winners:  

Third Grade - Stephanie Mace, Frankfort Intermediate - Mineral County Fourth Grade - Natalie Toney, Crab Orchard Elementary - Raleigh County Fifth Grade - Rachel Marteney, Union Elementary - Upshur County Sixth Grade - Cody Gaston, Follansbee Middle - Brooke County Seventh Grade - Rebecca Creel, Clay County Middle - Clay County Eighth Grade - Jordan Henry, Princeton Middle - Mercer County Ninth Grade - Sarah Wilkins, Pocahontas County High - Pocahontas County Tenth Grade - Brittany Davies, Wirt County High - Wirt County Eleventh Grade - Zachary Goudz, North Marion High - Marion County Twelfth Grade - Nicholas Stump, Buckhannon-Upshur High - Upshur County  

In addition, all participating teachers are to be commended for their assistance in making the contest sponsored by the Office of Student Assessment a success throughout the state.

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