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All Raleigh County winners of the WV Golden Horseshoe are from one middle school

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The West Virginia Golden Horseshoe was given to Shady Spring Middle School students The West Virginia Golden Horseshoe was given to Shady Spring Middle School students
Every year middle school students across the state are tested on their knowledge of West Virginia history.

On Thursday,
 seven 8th grade students in Raleigh County were presented with The West Virginia Golden Horseshoe. The recipient's scored the highest in Raleigh County on the annual test.

Get this! All seven winners in Raleigh County are from Shady Spring Middle School and they are all in the same History class.

"All seven are from the same school, same pod, Ms. Foust, she taught us everything we need to know," said winner Chase Graham.

Top scorer for the county, Zachary Meador, gave 59News a little background information on The Golden Horseshoe.


"It used to be called the West Virginia Club, it started in 1931 and it's the only and longest going competition of its kind in the United States," Meador said.

Ms. Foust's students said preparing for the test requires intense dedication inside and outside the classroom.


"She gave us pamphlets, questions we needed to know and the answers, and we would study it whenever we could. They'd be on the board every day and we'd write them down and take tests on them and they would stay in our memory," Graham told us.

"After school, I'd go to track practice then come home and study for it for a few hours then do my regular homework and if I had extra time throughout the night I'd study more for it," Meredith Gwinn said.

Winning the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe is one of the top honors any West Virginia eighth grader can receive and they told us they are so happy that all of their hard work has finally paid off.

"It makes you feel really good because you know that you have done something that you can make yourself proud of," Gwinn told us.

The West Virginia Golden Horseshoe's were presented to 233 students on Thursday at the Cultural Center in Charleston and were honored by the State Superintendent of Schools and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.