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April is "National County Government Month" and the County Commissioners’ Association of WV (CCAWV) is hosting our annual essay contest for 8th grade students across West Virginia.

There will be a monetary prizes for 1 st, 2 nd , and 3 rd place student winners. There will also be a monetary prize for the 1 st place winner’s Teacher to be used for classroom activities. 1 st Place Student will receive $300 and teacher will receive $300. 2 nd place Student - $250 and 3 rd place Student - $150.

One of CCAWV’s goals is to increase information and public awareness about county government and the office of County Commissioner. As an initiative of this goal we are excited to partner with West Virginia educators to encourage students to learn and write about their local county governing body, the County Commission. (Teachers, for your convenience, we are attaching our brochure about county commission responsibilities.)

Student participants are asked to type a 500-word essay on the topic.

"How does my county commission make life better for me?"

Take a class fieldtrip to a county commission meeting! Ask your county commissioners to come speak to the 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 8 th grader and why it matters to them.

A committee of commissioners and CCAWV Staff will serve as judges of the contest. All entries must be emailed by 5:00 pm Friday, April 20, 2018 to qualify. (Please see complete rules attached)

Entries should be emailed to:

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For more information, please contact Vivian Parsons at CCAWV This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 304-345-4639.

Winners will be announced by April 27, 2018.

  • Community Leadership Academy April 11-13, 2018 Waterfront/Marriott, Monongalia County
  • CCAWV 2018 Spring Board Meeting May 20-21, 2018 The Highlands Fairfield Inn, Ohio County
  • NACo 2018 Annual Conference July 13-17, 2018 Nashville, TN
  • CCAWV 2018 Annual Meeting July 28-31, 2018 Bridgeport Conference Center, Harrison County
  • CCAWV 2018 Fall Board Meeting September 16-18, 2018 Mountaineer Park, Hancock County
  • CCAWV Basic Training for Newly Elected & Veteran County Commissioners November 14-16, 2018 Best Western Bridgeport, Harrison County

Application Deadline:
Jun 30, 2017
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April was “National County Government Month” and the County Commissioners’ Association of WV (CCAWV) hosted their annual essay contest for eighth grade students across West Virginia.

There are monetary awards for 1st ($300), 2nd ($250), and 3rd ($150) place student winners. There is also a monetary award ($300) for the 1st place winner’s Teacher to be used for classroom activities. Student participants were asked to type a 500-word essay entitled How Does My County Commission Make Life Better For Me? 

Congratulations to the following winners!

  • FIRST PLACE:

  • SECOND PLACE:

  • THIRD PLACE:

Kally Hall, Hurricane Middle School, Putnam County Angie Withrow, Teacher

Emma Gibbs, Wahama Jr/Sr High School, Mason County Catherine Hamm, Teacher

Haley Fincham, Braxton Middle School, Braxton County Lori Dittman, Teacher 

April is "National County Government Month" and the County Commissioners’ Association of WV (CCAWV) is hosting our annual essay contest for 8th grade students across West Virginia.

There will be a 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.

  • 1st Place Student will receive $300 and teacher will receive $300
  • 2nd place Student - $250 
  • 3rd place Student - $150

One of CCAWV’s goals is to increase information and public awareness about county government and the office of County Commissioner. As an initiative of this goal we are excited to partner with West Virginia educators to encourage students to learn and write about their local county governing body, the County Commission. (Teachers, for your convenience, we are attaching our brochure about county commission responsibilities.)

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