CCAWV to host annual essay contest

BUCKHANNON — The County Commissioners Association of West Virginia (CCAWV) will be hosting their annual essay contest for eighth grade students in West Virginia.

According to, one of CCAWV’s goals is to increase information and public awareness about county government and the office of County Commissioner. This goal of this initiative is to partner with West Virginia educators to encourage students to learn and write about their local county governing body, the County Commission.

For interested students, there are prizes! Monetary prizes will be disbursed for the first, second and third place winners. In addition, the first-place winner’s teacher will receive a monetary prize to go towards classroom activities. The first-place student and teacher will each receive $500, the second-place student will receive $300 and the third-place student will receive $200. Also, five honorable mention students will each receive $50.

The rules for the contest are listed below and are directly from CCAWV.Org

• The contest deadline is 5 p.m. on April 22, 2022. Each essay is limited to a maximum of 500 words and a minimum of 400 words and must address the following question: “How does my county commission make life better for me?” The essay must address specifically the county commission of the county in which the student resides. Each student is limited to one entry.

• Each teacher must completely fill out an official application form (attached). Please submit each entry individually as a Word or PDF document with a copy of the application form attached.

• All entries must contain the student’s name, school, email address, and the county name in which the essay is about. All entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format and must be submitted by the student’s teacher. All entries must be emailed to [email protected] prior to 5 p.m. on April 22, 2022. The winning essays will be announced by May 2, 2022. The winning students and his/her teachers will be invited to a County Commissioners meeting in their home county to receive their awards. Essays will be judged on the following criteria: Understanding of the role of county commission; grammar and spelling; clarity and organization of thought.

• By entering the contest, each student and teacher agrees to allow his/her name to be used in a news release announcing the contest winner in the event that their essay is selected as a winning essay. In addition, they agree to allow their photograph to be published in the CCAWV Newsletter and on the CCAWV Web site. Entries will not be returned.


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