2022 Golden Horseshoe winners announced

BUCKHANNON — On Friday, May 6 Upshur County Schools announced the winners of the Golden Horseshoe Test. The Golden Horseshoe Test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in any state. The test is only available to eighth-grade students. The students with the top scores are given a golden pin and honored in a ceremony in Charleston. The Golden Horseshoe represents the award given to the men who explored what is now West Virginia.

A press release from Upshur County Schools provided some additional information about the test and the winners. The press release stated, “Three students at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School were recognized as 2022 Golden Horseshoe Winners. Top-scoring students in each county receive the esteemed award and are inducted as “knights” of the Golden Horseshoe Society.”

The eighth graders who received the award included Declan Gowers, Cody Hanline, and Lila Wright. The press release stated, “The students demonstrated exceptional knowledge of West Virginia history on the state-administered exam.” Winners will also be recognized at the Golden Horseshoe ceremony on Tuesday, June 14 at the W. Va. Culture Center in Charleston.

Comments from official staff of Upshur County Schools were also included in the press release and included the following.

Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus, Superintendent of Upshur County Schools, shared, “We are proud of our students and the efforts they put forth to achieve such academic excellence. This exam requires extensive knowledge about the state of West Virginia, and it is an honor to see our students receive this prestigious award.”

Samantha Leput, Principal of Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, said, “It is an honor to receive a Golden Horseshoe. Our students are dedicated to their studies and work hard to prepare for this test. They should be proud of themselves for this achievement. Having a Golden Horseshoe gives bragging rights for the rest of your life.”

Congratulations to Declan Gowers, Cody Hanline and Lila Wright on your outstanding achievement!


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