Governor Justice joined West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine to induct students from all 55 counties and students from the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe during a ceremony at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston, WV.

The Golden Horseshoe award is considered one of the greatest honors bestowed upon students in West Virginia. Local winners included Christina Brown,  Zoey Rounsville, and Paris Williams, all students at Clay Middle School.

“I am just so proud of these students for earning this top honor,” Gov. Justice said. “The Golden Horseshoe stresses the importance of learning about our great state and I know these students will serve as ambassadors for West Virginia for years to come.”

“This group of incredible students continue the tradition of excellence that is highly respected in West Virginia,” Paine said. “They are the ‘all-staters’ of West Virginia history and I know they take great pride in the Mountain State.”

West Virginia has administered the Golden Horseshoe test each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each…

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