PHS student places fifth in quarter design contest

The quarter design from Charles Hartzog, which came in fifth place in the Create a Quarter for West Virginia contest. (Photo Provided)

CHARLESTON — A student at Parkersburg High School came in fifth place in the Create a Quarter for West Virginia contest sponsored by Cathy Justice, wife of the governor.

Charles Hartzog’s design included the Blennerhassett Mansion and the year West Virginia was created, 1863.

A ceremony was held Friday at the Culture Center in Charleston where the winning entries from eligible 11th grade students were recognized.

The contest, in honor of Presidents’ Day, is the sixth installment of Mrs. Justice’s Student Artist Series, an initiative that promotes the importance of arts within schools throughout West Virginia by hosting art competitions for students of varying age levels during special holidays.

For this contest, all 11th-grade students attending public and private schools in West Virginia were invited to participate. Students were asked to study the history of Presidents’ Day and then re-create the reverse side of the West Virginia state quarter in an artistic way.

Mrs. Justice selected the first- through tenth-place winners and five honorable mentions. Winners will receive gift cards.

The Valentine’s Day reception also featured a cello performance by Camden Wentz, a Buckhannon-Upshur High School student, a visit from 95-year-old veteran Jackson Jones, and a special thank you to Shirley White and several Gold Star Mothers.

Other winners were First Place, Jada Morris, Poca High School; Second Place, Senaa Wilburn, Huntington High School; Third Place, Brett Waggy, Pendleton County High School; Fourth Place, Takenya Adkins, Lincoln County High School; Sixth Place, Brealynn Harper, Cabell Midland High School; Seventh Place, Cheylin Woodruff, Pocahontas County High School; Eighth Place, Teirney Meadows, Poca High School; Ninth Place, Aliyah Pelley, Wheeling Park High School; 10th Place, Ty Cochran, Pocahontas County High School; Honorable Mention, Logan Hively, Pocahontas County High School, Brandon Portz, South Charleston High School, Daisy St. Clair, Huntington High School, Kaylie Elizabeth Williams, Riverside High School, and Jeremy Taylor, Oak Glen High School.