BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School has not only one winner, but two, in the statewide “National County Government Month” sponsored by the County Commissioners’ Association of WV annually.
Alayna Whitehair, B-UHS eighth grader, earned tops honors with her first-place essay. Her teacher is Tiffany Board
Regan McCauley, also a B-UHS eighth grader, earned statewide honorable mention for her efforts. Her teacher is Lisa Crites
Whitehair earned $500 for her efforts. Her teacher also earned $500 to spend on classroom activites. McCauley also won a cash prize for her honorable mention.
The goal of the 500-word essays is to increase information and public awareness about county government and the office of county commission.
This year’s topic was “How does my county commission make life better for me?”
One of the initiatives of the essay contest was to partner with West Virginia educators to encourage students to learn and write about their local county governing body, the county commission.
Both essays mentioned the Strawberry Festival as an important part of Upshur County and the commission’s responsibility in helping facilitate the event with other groups and boards.
Both essays noted the importance of the commission regarding public safety including policing the county as well as helping provide PRO officers at schools.
Whitehair also highlighted the importance of economic development as a leading factor in the county’s continued growth and development. She pointed out the important part commissioners play in promoting economic development.
CCAWV Communications Director Jennifer Piercy thanked Upshur County educators for allowing students to participate in the contest and for encouraging their involvement.
“Thank you for giving us time on your agenda and thank you teachers for using this in your classrooms,” she said.
Piercy noted the emphasis is for the essay to highlight what the county is responsible for in governing.
Commissioners noted their support of the winners and their teachers for participating in the essay contest.
Commissioners appeared at the middle school earlier in the year to promote the importance of the essay contest for students.
A committee of commissioners and CCAWV staff served as judges of the contest.