KEYSER - Since 1931, more than 20,000 West Virginia students have received the Golden Horseshoe Award in recognition of their knowledge of West Virginia history.

KEYSER - Since 1931, more than 20,000 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 200 are inducted into the prestigious Golden Horseshoe Society. The West Virginia Golden Horseshoe program is the longest running program of its kind in the United States.
In 1716, Alexander Spotswood, lieutenant governor of Virginia, led an expedition across the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Shenandoah Valley in an effort to promote settlement of western Virginia. Upon returning across the mountains, Spotswood presented a golden horseshoe to each member of the party.
Keyser Middle School received all four Golden Horseshoe winners for Mineral County this year. The 2018 West Virginia Golden Horseshoe winners for Mineral County are Eric “E.J.” Guy, Eric Harvey, Hunter Powell, and Amaya Runion.
This is the second time in the last three years that Keyser Middle School has claimed all four Golden Horseshoe winners for Mineral County.
All four winners are students in Tommy Nester’s eighth grade West Virginia Studies class at KMS.
The winners will travel to Charleston on May 4 for the Golden Horseshoe ceremony and will be knighted as members of the order of the Golden Horseshoe.