PCS 2019 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe

PCS 2019 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe
Posted on 05/13/2019

Six eighth-graders from Putnam County received recognition as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. This recognition honors students earning the highest achievement in knowledge of West Virginia history and culture. Congratulations to Putnam County Schools Students:

Isaac Arthur, Winfield Middle School 

Avery Carter, Winfield Middle School 

William Chen, Winfield Middle School 

Ian Linville, Hurricane Middle School 

Ethan Markins, Hurricane Middle School 

Payton Ocheltree, Hurricane Middle School

Governor Justice joined West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine to induct students as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe during a ceremony Friday, May 3 at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston, W.Va. 

The Golden Horseshoe award is considered one of the highest honors bestowed upon students in West Virginia.

Putnam County educator and West Virginia Studies Teacher, Jack Runion, Hurricane Middle also received recognition as an Honorary Recipient of the Golden Horseshoe. 

Honorary awards to the Golden Horseshoe are given each year to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Golden Horseshoe or the West Virginia Studies Program. 

West Virginia has administered the Golden Horseshoe test each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award. Each county has at least two winners. The exam tests students’ knowledge of West Virginia citizenship, civics, and government, economics, geography, history, and current events.

This year marks the 303rd anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe tradition, which began in the early 1700s in Virginia when then-Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia. Spotswood organized a party of about 50 men to explore the frontier. At the end of the exploration, he presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe. Translated from Latin, the inscription on each horseshoe read, “Thus he swears to cross the mountains.” On the other side was written, “Order of the Golden Horseshoe.” Because of this, the recipients became known as “The Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe.”