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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) sponsors an annual contest among the state’s eighth grade students.  Students are asked to answer “How does my county commission make life better for me?” in an essay.

While this is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the many functions of their county commission in depth, a prize of $300 for the best-written essay sweetens the pot for students.  (An additional $300 is awarded to the first-place student’s teacher for encouraging participation, to be used to support classroom activities.)  The second place winner receives $250, and third place gets $150, in addition to recognition by their county commissioners.

April is "National County Government Month" and the County Commissioners’ Association of WV (CCAWV) is hosting our 3rd 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 and 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.)

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 8th 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 April 21, 2014 to qualify.  (Please see complete rules attached)

Entries should be emailed to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First Place

County: Mingo

Teacher’s Name: Mrs. Tanya Slone

Name of School: Burch Middle School

Student’s Name: Aerianna McClannahan

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