- Associated Press - Thursday, April 30, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than 220 eighth graders are being honored as winners of the Golden Horseshoe Award for their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.

A ceremony is set for Friday at the state Culture Center in Charleston to recognize the top-scoring students in each county.

The first Golden Horseshoe ceremony was held in 1931. The award’s name comes from golden horseshoes that Virginia Gov. Alexander Spotswood gave to a party of about 50 men who explored land west of the Allegheny Mountains in the early 1700s.

The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United State. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award.

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