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Golden Horseshoe – WV History Bowl – The Musical


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West Virginia History Bowl




WV Golden Horseshoe Test — WV History Bowl — Golden Horseshoe (the Musical)


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“The Golden Horseshoe Test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in any state. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award and are inducted as “knights” and “ladies” of the Golden Horseshoe Society.”

Explore WV Department of Education’s “About the WV Golden Horseshoe Award” Website

     2018 – 2019 Golden Horseshoe


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Explore WV Department of Education’s Office of Middle/Secondary Learning’s “Student Programs” Website — Click on “Golden Horseshoe” —   Includes:  Upcoming Dates; Registering Students; Preparing for the Golden Horseshoe Essay and Multiple Choice Online Test; Essay Test information; Online Test information; Test Proctor/Moderator; Internet Usage Tips on Test Day; Online Test Forms; Winners; and more.    

<<Private and Home Schools should consult the page for special instructions and dates.>>

“The number of winners is determined by population but every county is given a minimum of two winners. The bigger the county, the more winners it will have. The Golden Horseshoe test is a competition within a county, NOT within the state.”

     Golden Horseshoe Study Links for Students

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Explore WV Archives and History’s “Quick Quizzes” Website“These 10-question each, multiple-choice quizzes test knowledge on West Virginia.”  There are more than 200 Quizzes.

Explore WV Archives and History’s “Daily Trivia Question” Website “Another useful tool for students studying for the Golden Horseshoe.”

Explore WV Archives and History’s On This Day in WV History” Website — “. . . presents one or more events for every day of the year, with links to additional information.”

     Golden Horseshoe Practice Tests for Students

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Explore WVDE’s Golden Horseshoe “Practice Essays” Website pdf

Explore WVDE’s “Essay Test Lines” Website pdf     {Students are given a page like this to write answers to the essay question}

Explore WVDE’s Golden Horseshoe “Practice Multiple Choice Questions” Website pdf       Answer Key pdf

Explore WVDE’s “Golden Horseshoe Practice Test” Website pdf         Answer Key – xlxs  (Excel)

Explore WVDE’s “Golden Horseshoe Practice Test Items Released from 2012 Test” Website pdf        Answer Key doc

Explore WVDE’s “Golden Horseshoe Practice Test 2” Website pdf           Answer Key doc

Explore WVDE’s “Test Day Tips” Website pdf

Explore WV Culture and History’s “1955 WV Clubs’ Golden Horseshoe Test” Website — 4 pages – 3 1/2 hour time limit!!

     Important Golden Horseshoe Dates for Students – 2018-2019

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               <<These dates are correct as of October 10, 2018–Check the WV DOE’s website below for any changes>>

Explore WV Department of Education’s Office of Middle/Secondary Learning’s “Student Programs” Website — Click on “Golden Horseshoe”



— March 18-22, 2019  — Golden Horseshoe winners names will be sent to counties and Winner and Honorary Packets will be mailed.

— May 3, 2019 — Golden Horseshoe Ceremony, Capitol Complex.

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     2018 Golden Horseshoe Awards Ceremony

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 (Because of its length, a YouTube connection required to view this video)    (1:29:16/2018/WV Dept of Education)

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     2018 Golden Horseshoe Winners

This year’s Knights of the Golden Horseshoe include:

Barbour County: Kasson Elementary/Middle, Seth Harris; Belington Middle, Elizabeth Kittle, Isabella McNaboe; Berkeley County: Spring Mills Middle, Nate Adams, Dominic Mollica; St. Joseph Parish School, Miles Crockett, Natalie Diedericks, Ronald Kelley, Charles Paugh, Jacklyn Power; Mountain Ridge Middle, Dominic Marandola; Hedgesville Middle, Danica Propst, Ryan Reall; Boone County: Sherman Junior High, Brett Adkins, Joshua Jenkins, Ava Wells; Madison Middle, Cody Nantz; Braxton County: Braxton County Middle, Levi Demastus, Joseph Johnson, David Martin; Brooke County: Wellsburg Middle, Leonard Dewitt, Edward Marks, Brooke Ohler;

Cabell County: Milton Middle, Luke Hatfield, Elijah Litteral, Marshall Welch; Barboursville Middle, Jacob Lee, William Pitkin, Savannah Smith; Our Lady of Fatima, Margaret Piaskowski; Calhoun County: Calhoun Middle/High, Chase Blair; Little Kanawha Valley Christian, Lindsey Posey; Clay County: Clay Middle, Dylan Greathouse, Matt Shelton, Ava Taylor; Doddridge County: Doddridge County Middle, Riley Curran, Jack Hutson; Fayette County, Meadow Bridge High, Jacob Adkins; Ansted Middle, Gavyn Sanford; Fayetteville High, John Kincaid, Maggie McAllister; Gilmer County: Gilmer County High, Jacob Hardwick, Scott Price; Grant County: Petersburg High, Anna Goldzien, Ashlee Rohrbaugh; Union Educational Complex, Alyson Streets;

Greenbrier County: Eastern Greenbrier Middle, Tristan Deeds, Halianna Holliday, Jacob Wickline; Western Greenbrier Middle, Abigail Herndon; Hampshire County: Romney Middle, Grace Bond, Alex Hott, Triston Kyle; Hancock County: Oak Glen Middle, Alexia Brown, Cristian Fighiroae, Matthew Howard, Madison McKay; Hardy County: Moorefield Middle, William Barb, Hunter Hines, Branson See; Harrison County: Bridgeport Middle, Gino Cava, Ashleigh Denson, Bruce Keener II, Brody Nolte, Elizabeth Rine; South Harrison Middle, Emma Samples; Jackson County: Ripley Middle, Hannah Cottrill, Rayna Pinson, Landon Wolfe, McKenzie Yarbrough; Ravenswood Middle, Andrew Francis; Jefferson County: Harpers Ferry Middle, Nicholas Bennett, Brendan Zampino; Wildwood Middle, Nathanson Gageby, Mollie Hanscom; Shepherdstown Middle, Collin Guedel, Jessica Wolfe;

Kanawha County: Charleston Catholic High, Holly Black, Isabella Cinco; John Adams Middle, Emma Carpenter, Margaret Glover, Jackson Morris, Grace Peyatte; Sissonville Middle, Madison Deweese, Abigail Hill, Luke Surface; McKinley Middle, Cameron McCoy, Thomas Pauley; Elk Valley Christian, Susan Prigozen; Hayes Middle, William Raines; Mountaineer Montessori, Seyed Shams; Lewis County: Robert L. Bland Middle, Chloe Butcher, Noah Hamrick, Jalen Sprouse; Lincoln County: Hamlin PK-8, Robert Adkins; Guyan Valley Middle, W. Aidan McCloud; Duval PK-8, Megan Stanley; Logan County: Logan Middle, Tristan Burgess; Man Middle, Erik Cochrane; Chapmanville Middle, Hayden Farley, William Kirkendall; Marion County: Fairview Middle, David Darrah, Broderick Hall; Fairmont Catholic, Carmela Lilly, Aidan Smith; Mannington Middle, Jessie Wade;

Marshall County: Cameron High, Abbigale Carney, Cheyenne Conner, Chloe Yocum; Moundsville Middle, Riley McIntyre; Mason County: Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High, Gaberielle Corbin, Colby Price, Ryan Tatterson, Austin Weikle; McDowell County, Sandy River Middle, Richard Gibson, Savannah Hickman, Devon Mullins; Mercer County: Princeton Middle, Sophia Lipscomb; Bluefield Middle, Derrick Modad; Glenwood School, Ices Prince; Pikeview Middle, Katherine Webb; Mineral County: Keyser Middle, Eric Guy Jr., Eric Harvey, Hunter Powell, Amaya Runion; Mingo County: Williamson School PK-8, Sebastian Chafins, Drew Lee, Wyatt McCoy, Hunter Runyon; Monongalia County: South Middle, Katelyn Blosser, Nolan Cook, Elijah Hall, Julia Leyden; Suncrest Middle, Alice Guo, Elena Kurov; Mountaineer Middle, Rachel Shockley; Monroe County: Peterstown Middle, Elijah Amos, Brianna Smith; Mountain View Elementary and Middle, Lauren Ballard;

Morgan County: Warm Springs Middle, Brent Baker, Cain Michael; Paw Paw High, Katlynn Rossignol; Nicholas County: Richwood Middle, Braden Adkins; Summersville Middle, Zachary Carpenter, Abigail Lucas; Ohio County: St. Michael School, Noah Blair, Elizabeth Wolf, Luke Wright; Bridge Street Middle, Braeden Keen; Pendleton County: Pendleton County Middle/High, Shyanna Frazier, Emilee Teter; Pleasants County: Pleasants County Middle, Thomas Powell, Noah Stover; Pocahontas County: Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, Hunter Curran; Marlinton Middle, Aidan Madison; Preston County: Central Preston Middle, Kiley Christopher; Terra Alta/East Preston, Haley Hart, Gracie Sypolt; Rowlesburg School, Alex Mayne;

Putnam County: Hurricane Middle, Paige Bradley, Kaden Fields, Carter Leadmon, Matthew Olivero; George Washington Middle, Austin Kile; Winfield Middle, Ryan Williams; Raleigh County: Shady Spring Middle, Briyonna Godbey, Austin Jamison, Joshua Lovell, Lacy Meadows, David Young III; Beckley-Stratton Middle, Keynan Richardson-Cook; Trap Hill Middle, Matthew Williams; Randolph County: Elkins Middle, Anna Crumm, Braxton Kenney, Annmarie Raschella, Izaak Whetsell; Ritchie County: Ritchie County Middle, Charles Copeland III, Lance Nutter, William Windom; Roane County: Spencer Middle, Elijah Eastman, Zane Tanner, Zachary Taylor;

Summers County: Summers Middle, Hallie Rhodes, Darrell Sharp III, Logan Willis; Taylor County: Taylor County Middle, Alynna Denike, Katelyn Detamore; Cameron Wiles; Tucker County: Tucker Valley Elementary/Middle School, Clay Poling, Amara Snider; Tyler County: Tyler Consolidated Middle, Garrett Ammons, Michael Phillips, Ardynn Weekley; Upshur County: Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, Amelia Pearson, Dade Riley, Aidan Wilson; Wayne County: Ceredo-Kenova Middle, Brandon Frazier, Kayla Pratt; Wayne Middle, Ashton Pack, Baylee Parsons, Stanton Perry;

Webster County: Webster County High, Hayden Chapman, Logan Fletcher, Dakota McMillion; Wetzel County: Long Drain School, Adalyn Conaway; New Martinsville School, Andrew Heil, Faith Yoho; Wirt County: Wirt County Middle, Mikayla Bailey; Brooklyn Rood; Wood County: Edison Middle, Marimo Akita, Jonathan Daggett, Carter Eddy, Natalie Gillis; Jackson Middle, Kelsey Golden, Alec Holbert, Anna Martin; West Virginia School for the Blind: Gavan Earle; West Virginia School for the Deaf, Faith Grissinger; Wyoming County: Pineville Middle, Mia Flaim, Katelyn Green; Oceana Middle, Austin Helmandollar.

     Golden Horseshoe Database

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“Since 1931, more than 15,000 West Virginia students have received the Golden Horseshoe Award in recognition of their knowledge of West Virginia history. Each year, thousands of eighth graders across the state take the Golden Horseshoe examination, and more than two hundred are inducted into the prestigious Golden Horseshoe Society.”

Explore WV Archives and History’s “GH Database” Website — includes:  How To Use The Database; Search the Golden Horseshoe Database; Honorary Golden Horseshoe Recipients; 1955 Golden Horseshoe Test

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West Virginia History Bowl

“In 2010, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) began an exciting new challenge for eighth graders to test their West Virginia history – the West Virginia History Bowl Tournament. Teams of students from around the state face off in an academic bowl competition that focuses on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture.

“Eighth grade students in public, private and home school education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play. The regional tournament winners and the runner-up team move forward to the state tournament held in late April at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston.”

Explore WV Culture and History’s “WV History Bowl” Website  — (includes schedule for current year and results from previous years)

2019 History Bowl Schedule

Regional Competitions

Region I
Pineville Middle School, Saturday, February 9, 2019

Region II
Milton Middle School, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Region III
The Culture Center, Friday, February 8, 2019

Region IV
Fayetteville High School, Saturday, March 2, 2019

Region V
Ripley Middle School, Saturday, February 2, 2019

Region VI
West Virginia Independence Hall, Friday, February 15, 2019

Region VII
Robert L. Bland Middle School, Saturday, February 16, 2019

Region VIII
Mountain Ridge Middle School, Friday, March 1, 2019

Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Saturday, March 16, 2019

West Virginia History Bowl Championship 2019

The Culture Center Charleston, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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“The questions are largely drawn from questions found in the Archives and History ‘Quick Quizzes’ and ‘Daily Trivia’.”

Explore WV Archives and History’s “Quick Quizzes” Website“These 10-question each, multiple-choice quizzes test knowledge on West Virginia.”  There are more than 200 Quizzes

Explore WV Archives and History’s “Daily Trivia Question” Website “Another useful tool for students studying for the. . .” History Bowl.

Explore WV Archives and History’s On This Day in WV History” Website — “. . . presents one or more events for every day of the year, with links to additional information.”


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      2018 WV History Bowl Regional Competitions

Explore WV Culture and History’s “2018 History Bowl Regional Competitions Results” Website

      2018 West Virginia History Bowl Championship

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“GOLDEN HORSESHOE — the Musical”


Golden Horseshoe is a musical that celebrates West Virginia. It’s about a father helping his son study for the Golden Horseshoe test while coping with the recent death of his own father. The story unfolds in historical (and musical!) scenes in his son’s imagination, as we meet John Brown, Stonewall Jackson, and many more. The show is educational and historical, funny and touching, entertaining and uplifting.”

“Wes, an eighth grader, is struggling with the test prep, and his Dad steps in to help him study. At first they fight—they’ve been distant the past two months while Dad has mourned the loss of his own father. But soon, Dad sparks Wes’s imagination, using Wes’s crush on his classmate Rosie to motivate him. Dad, Wes, and Rosie, along with an ensemble of one man and one woman, visit and reenact several important moments in West Virginia’s history, meeting John Brown, Stonewall Jackson, and even Abraham Lincoln along the way. They learn about the Civil War, the Hatfields and McCoys, and the labor strife between mine owners and coal miners.

Golden Horseshoe is about West Virginia’s history, but more than that, it’s about fathers and sons—and mothers and daughters—and how we pass down West Virginia’s heritage from one generation to the next. It celebrates West Virginia’s first 150 years, and it looks forward to even more wild and wonderful years to come.”

Explore “Golden Horseshoe — the Musical” Website


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“Golden Horseshoe” Trailer #1 – “Thus He Swears”

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West Virginia History Practice Quizzes and Tests

WV History Practice Test and Quiz

West Virginia History Bowl   WV History Bowl

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Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe     Knights of the Golden Horseshoe