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The CCAWV Essay Contest is held annually in recognition of National County Government Month each April. 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.  Student participants are asked to type a 500-word essay on the topic and a panel of CCAWV Staff judge the essays. This year, we had close to 200 entries from 8 counties. We awarded first, second and third place along with four honorable mention awards.

Third Place:

Hunter Withrow from Winfield Middle School, Putnam County

Second Place:

Isabella Ferrell from St Francis Catholic, Monongalia County

First Place:

Anthony Godwin, Braxton County Middle School, Braxton County

Honorable Mention

Adrionna Bennett, Wahama Middle School, Mason County
Julia Leyden, South Middle School, Monongalia County
Eden Forguson, South Middle School, Monongalia County
Mary Jane Campbell, Braxton County Middle School, Braxton County

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.

  • CCAWV Regional Roundtables –Oct – Dec 2018
  • Basic Training for Newly Elected and Veteran County Commissioners – November 28-30, 2018, Best Western Bridgeport, Harrison County
  • CCAWV Legislative Conference – January 13-15, 2019 – Embassy Suites, Kanawha County
  • WVACo Conference of Counties – February 10-12, 2019, Embassy Suites, Kanawha County
  • Community Leadership Academy – May 1-3, 2019, Waterfront/Marriott, Monongalia County
  • CCAWV Spring Board Meeting – May 19-20, 2019
  • CCAWV Annual Meeting – August 3-5, 2019, TBA
  • CCAWV Fall Board Meeting – September 22-23, 2019, TBA

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 

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