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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Six Jefferson County Schools eighth graders have been named 2023 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) honors students across the state each year with the prestigious award for their outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history.

The WVDE will recognize the following JCS students at a June 13 induction ceremony at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston:

  • Ivy Day, Charles Town Middle School
  • Megan Caltrider, Charles Town Middle School
  • Ava Brenneke, Charles Town Middle School
  • Jacob Yohler, Harpers Ferry Middle School
  • Evelyn Bailey, Shepherdstown Middle School
  • Zoe Harper, Wildwood Middle School

West Virginia students take the exam in eighth grade to demonstrate their knowledge of the Mountain State. The exam covers everything from civics and government to geography and culture. JCS Coordinator of Middle Schools, Joel Silver, praised this year's winners.

"We're proud to have these six students represent Jefferson County Schools as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. The award is a high honor in West Virginia, and they are to be commended for their hard work and knowledge of state history."

The Golden Horseshoe began in 1931 and is the longest-running program of its kind in the country. West Virginia Public Broadcasting stations will stream the 2023 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe induction ceremony on June 13.