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1st Place $500 for Students and Teachers

  • Gracie Dyer, Braxton County Middle, Braxton County; Teacher/Lori Dittman 
  • Maverick Painter, Wahoma Jr/Sr High School, Mason County; Teacher/Kelsey Moya

2nd Place $300 for Each Student

  • Julia Watson, Mountaineer Middle School, Monongalia County; Teacher/Robin Addie
  • Luke Craigo, Winfield Middle School, Putnam County; Teacher/Angie Withrow

3rd Place $200 for Each Student

  • Karim Sraj, Mountaineer Middle School, Monongalia County; Teacher/Robin Addie
  • Mary Brinker, Wahoma Jr/Sr High School, Mason County; Teacher/Kelsey Moya

Honorable Mention $50 for Each Student

  • Kaeden Hively, Barboursville Middle School; Cabell County; Teacher/Molly Fisher
  • Kayla Baker, Belington Middle School; Barbour County; Teacher/Sarah Harris
  • Nick McDaniel, Winfield Middle School, Putnam County; Teacher/Angie Withrow
  • Gabriella Walls, Madison Middle School, Boone County; Teacher/Brent Griffith
  • Lila Wright, Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, Upshur County, Teacher/Lila Crites
  • Landon Henthorn, Edison Middle School, Wood County; Teacher/Leila Marlow
  • McKenna Kibermanis, So. Charleston Middle School, Kanawha County; Teacher/Amy Holland
  • Bailey Pritt, Braxton County Middle, Braxton County; Teacher/Lori Dittman
  • Lauren Pritt, Braxton County Middle, Braxton County; Teacher/Lori Dittman
  • Katie Tran, Mountaineer Middle School, Monongalia County; Teacher/Robin Addie

CCAWV Essay Contest 4

West Virginia (CCAWV) is hosting our annual essay contest for 8th grade students across West Virginia. 

There will be monetary prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Student Winners. There will also be a monetary prize for the 1st Place Winner’s Teacher to be used for classroom activities.  The 1st Place Student and Teacher will each receive $500; 2nd Place Student $300; and 3rd Place Student $200. We will also award $50 for five Honorable Mention Students. 

 One of CCAWV’s goals is to increase information and public awareness about county government and the office of County Commissioner.  This goal of this initiative is to partner with West Virginia educators to encourage students to learn and write about their local county governing body, the County Commission. 

 Student participants are asked to type a 500-word essay on the topic, "How does my county commission make life better for me?"  All entries must be emailed by 5:00 pm Friday, April 22, 2022 to qualify. Please see rules attached. Entries should be emailed to: jennifer@ccawv.org or for more information please contact Jennifer Piercy at jennifer@ccawv.org or at 304-345-4639.  Winners will be announced by Monday, May 2, 2022.

How can I learn more about what my commission does?

  1. Take a class field trip to a county commission meeting.
  2. Watch a commission meeting online – many livestream their meetings. 
  3. Ask your county commissioners to come speak to your class. 

Find out what your county commission is working on in your county and encourage your students to write about it from the perspective of an 8th grader and why it matters to them. There are also a series of five informational videos on our website at www.ccawv.org that details the roles and responsibilities of county commissioners. 

January 16 – 18th, 2022
Embassy Suites, Kanawha County, Charleston, WV

We are excited and confident 2022 will provide our WV Counties new opportunities to move forward – as always! You have continued to provide positive reinforcement for your ‘people’ throughout many obstacles in 2021!  We must continue to work together with a forceful, positive assembly to achieve our Legislative Priorities.

Agendas are tentatively scheduled. There is currently no mask mandate at Embassy Suites; however, we encourage wearing a mask for your protection as well as others.

Lodging information, tentative agendas and the registration form is attached for your convenience.  

Please note there are several groups in town for the 2022 Legislative Sessions, please make your reservations and send in your registration forms.  

We hope to have this up on our website very soon or feel free to email me your registration form at denise@ccawv.org.

Everyone is responsible for making their own room reservations.  CCAWV’s block of room is:  CAS is reserved at Embassy Suites in Charleston for $129/night + taxes. Remember your tax-exempt certification.

Please call 304.347.8700 or reservations may be made on line see link below:

EMBASSY SUITES BOOKING LINK 

Agenda: Sunday, January 16th

  • (Tentative) Noon Registration Open
  • 2 – 3:45 PM Committee Meetings
  • 4 – 5:30 PM Board Meeting
  • 5:30 PM Board Pictures
  • 6:30 PM Dinner
  • 8:30 -11 PM Networking Available

(Tentative) Monday, January 17th.

  • 6:30 - 9 AM Breakfast in Atrium
  • 7:30 AM Registration Open
  • 8:15 -11:45 AM Welcome Remarks and Guest Speakers
  • Noon Lunch – Guest Speaker NACO Representative
  • 1 - 2:45 PM Legislative Panel – HJR3
  • 3:00 - 4:30 PM Presentations/Speakers
  • 6:30 – 8:30 PM Legislative Reception – Name Tags Required
  • 8:45 -11:30 PM Networking Available

(Tentative) Tuesday, January 18th:

  • 6:30 - 9 AM Breakfast in Atrium
  • 9 – 10:00 AM Association Business Meeting
  • 10:30 -11:30 AM Presentations
  • 10:30 -11 AM Break to Check Out – Don’t be late – may charge you ½ day rate.

1st Place ($500 for student and teacher):

  • Laura Cain, Braxton County Middle, Braxton County; Teacher – Lori Dittman 
  • Rico Schoolcraft, Gilmer County Middle/High School, Gilmer County; Teacher – Karen McClain

2nd Place ($300): 

  • Yohanna Heckert, Gilmer County Middle/High School, Gilmer County; Teacher – Karen McClain
  • Candace Huh, Barboursville Middle, Cabell County; Teacher – Molly Fisher

3rd Place ($200): 

  • Sophia McGovern, Winfield Middle School, Putnam County; Teacher – Angie Withrow
  • Emily Garrett, Braxton County Middle, Braxton County; Teacher – Lori Dittman 

Honorable Mention ($100 for each student):

  • Marcus Blanks, Barboursville Middle, Cabell County; Teacher – Molly Fisher
  • Hannah Stump, Gilmer County Middle/High School, Gilmer County; Teacher – Karen McClain
  • Presley Amos, Edison Middle School, Wood County; Teacher – Leila Marlow
  • Shealyn Stone, Madison Middle School, Boone County; Teacher – Brent Griffith
  • Zoey Moore, Braxton County Middle, Braxton County; Teacher – Lori Dittman
  • Erica Egleton, Barboursville Middle, Cabell County; Teacher – Molly Fisher

The CCAWV Board of Directors will select a Shining Star recipient each year starting in 2021. This award was created to recognize the achievements of county administrators/staff with the membership of the Association. 

The award is to recognize an Administrator/Staff Person who:

  1. Goes beyond the call of duty to actively participate and advance the goals of the County Commissioners’ Association and
  2. Who vigorously works to preserve the responsibilities of county government and their fellow commissioners/staff members

Please submit to CCAWV by Friday, April 23, 2021.

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