Three students earn Golden Horseshoes

Test measures knowledge of West Virginia

BUCKHANNON — Three Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School eighth-graders have been knighted into the Golden Horseshoe Society.
Autumn Cutright, the daughter of Connie and Gary Cutright, said she prepared for the test by visiting historic sites such as Harpers Ferry in the Eastern Panhandle and by reading a book about West Virginia history.
“I feel honored,” she said of finding out she did well enough to gain admittance to the society.
She said a friend of her dad’s, A.D. McKisic, is a Golden Horseshoe knight so it was great to be able to share that experience.
Cutright said she likes history but that “science is her favorite subject.”
Olivia Spencer, the daughter of Chad and Kelley Spencer, said it was “exciting” to be inducted into the society.
“Mrs. Kelley gave me some websites to check out for practice tests,” she said of what she did to prepare. “My dad and I go camping a lot and on the way he tells me West Virginia history and stuff about the state.”
Olivia said she loves history.
Jake Bohman is the son of John and Suzanne Bohman.
“I studied on the Golden Horseshoe website,” he said. “I also participated in the History Bowl, which helped prepare me. I love history. It is my favorite subject.”
Bohman said he has cousins who have been knighted in the Golden Horseshoe Society and a seventh-grade sister who will be rising to the challenge next year.
The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered since 1931.

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