CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 200 eighth-grade students from across West Virginia received the Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture on Friday.
State Schools Superintendent Jim Phares inducted the students from all 55 counties as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society during a ceremony at the Culture Center.
"As a former history teacher it was a great honor to have a role in this ceremony," Phares said in a statement. "The Golden Horseshoe is coveted by many in the state, but received by very few. It is an honor that these students can be proud of for years to come."
The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest-running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each county receive the award. Each county has at least two winners. The exam tests student knowledge on West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events.
The 2013 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, listed by county, are:
Barbour: Lindsay Blake, Jacob Carr, Liam Sanders; Berkeley: Grace Alvarez, Kaitlyn Boyd, Juneau Daggs, Samantha Gray, Jessica Hammersla, Jessica Hogbin, Gwendolyn Huff, Ryan Snyder, Katie Unger; Boone: Brianna Adkins, Abigail Brown, John Handley Jr., Jessica Miller; Braxton: Emmanuel Backus, Forrest Taylor, Justin Vankirk; Brooke: Cody Anderson, Nicholas Delancey, Amanda Taylor; Cabell: Ella Cooper, Brandon Duckworth, Grace Kinder, George McPhail, Elizabeth Nilles, Jasen Thaxton, Joseph Touma;
Calhoun: Karlie Johnson, Adrianne Shimer; Clay: Zachary Myers, Brennan Rhodes, Ian Smith; Doddridge: Nicholas Morgan, Colten Oliver; Fayette: Vanessa Coy, William Fenton, Seth Fox, Noah Klingler, Marcus Lively; Gilmer: William Greene, Dalton Law; Grant: Skylar Dawson, Clay Fritz, Corey Secrist; Greenbrier: Shannon Brunzo-Hager, Mackenzie Feamster, Jacob Masters, Jared Sykes; Hampshire: Bradley Bommarito, Makayla Gibson, Cloyce Sowers, Robert B. Wolford (honorary);