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April is “National County Government Month” and the County Commissioners’ Association of WV (CCAWV) hosted their annual essay contest for eighth grade students across West Virginia. The 2019 winners include:

1st Place – Alayna Whitehair, Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School; Teacher – Tiffany Board
2nd Place – Heidi Payne, Braxton County Middle School; Teacher – Sterling Beane
3rd Place – Emma Clark, New Life Christian Academy; Teacher – Serena Thies

Honorable Mention:

Emily Kent, Edison Middle School; Teacher – Leila Marlow
Abigail Lake, Braxton County Middle School; Teacher – Sterling Beane
Samantha Carver, South Middle School; Teacher – Angel Conley
Regan McCauley, Buckhannon Upshur Middle School; Teacher – Lisa Crites
Michelle Batista, Bruceton School; Teacher – S. Bolinger

  • CCAWV 2019 Spring Board Meeting, May 19- 21, 2019, Barboursville, Cabell County
  • CCAWV 2019 Annual Meeting, August 3-6, 2019, TBA
  • CCAWV Fall Board Meeting – September 22- 23, 2019, TBA
  • CCAWV 2020 Legislative Meeting—January 12 -14, 2020, Charleston, Kanawha 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 $500 and teacher will receive $500. 2 nd place Student - $300 and 3 rd place Student - $200.

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.)

Position: Executive Director 
Reports To: CCAWV Board of Directors
Nature of Work:

This is a full-time professional position involving the application of specialized knowledge of programs, policies and procedures as it concerns the County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia (CCAWV) and county government. The position is responsible for the overall strategic and operational responsibility of the Association and requires the exercise of independent judgment and interpretation. The Director is expected to represent the Association with integrity when dealing with Association members, the WV Legislature, the Governor & staff, state and federal administrative agencies, other public interest groups and the general public to secure harmony of action in matters relating to the betterment of county government for all citizens.

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

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