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West Virginia Golden Horseshoe winners honored

CHARLESTON (AP) — Nearly 230 eighth graders have been honored as winners of the Golden Horseshoe Award for their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.

A ceremony was held Thursday at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Students from all 55 counties participated.

Retiring state schools Superintendent Jim Phares says as a former history teacher, he was honored to join in the ceremony.

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.

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