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Achievement: Golden Horseshoe inductees deserve praise

Many West Virginians recall fondly their middle school state history studies, after which some did well enough on the test to become Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. In June, the 221 eighth graders who achieved the status this year will be honored in Charleston “for their achievement in knowledge of West Virginia history,” according to the state Department of Education.

“Our students have worked diligently for this moment to become Knights of the Golden Horseshoe,” said State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch. “It is clear their passion for knowledge and resilience to achieve this accomplishment will make them incredible ambassadors for the Mountain State. I look forward to all of their future success.”

Local students are among those who excelled in learning West Virginia civics, government, geography and culture, among other topics. The number of students from each of our local counties was: Calhoun — 2; Doddridge — 3; Gilmer — 2; Jackson — 4; Pleasants — 2; Ritchie — 3; Roane — 3; Tyler — 2; Wetzel — 3; Wirt — 2; and Wood — 7.

How wonderful to know those students join the ranks of the more than 15,000 who have become Knights of the Golden Horseshoe since the program’s inception in 1931. They have earned our congratulations.

Burch is right, their desire to learn — and particularly to study history — will be a benefit to all of us.

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