Golden Horseshoe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will recognize six eighth-grade students from Jefferson County middle schools as 2022 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. The induction ceremony is part of the 306th anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe legacy recognizing students for their outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history. 

 The WVDE will honor the following JCS students:

 Scott Leonard, Shepherdstown Middle School

  • Wenonah Nicodemus, Shepherdstown Middle School
  • Douglas Gillette, Harpers Ferry Middle School
  • Breanna Trujillo, Harpers Ferry Middle School
  • Breylynn Scott, Harpers Ferry Middle School
  • Shane Gleason, Wildwood Middle School

 JCS Middle Schools Coordinator Joel M. Silver, M.Ed. commended the achievement. “Becoming a Knight of the Golden Horseshoe is an extremely high honor in West Virginia. It is great to see students from Jefferson County representing the community in such a positive way in the state, and to see the hard work of these individuals rewarded.”

 Begun in 1931, the Golden Horseshoe remains the longest-running program of its kind in the country. The exam focuses on Mountain State topics, including civics, government, geography, and culture, among other categories. 

 The WVDE will honor the 2022 JCS Golden Horseshoe recipients at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, at the West Virginia Culture Center. The event will be streamed live on West Virginia Public Broadcasting stations.