CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice announced the winners of her St. Patrick’s Day Essay Contest, Wednesday. Seventh-grade students across the state were asked to think and then write about the following Irish proverb:
A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.
The First Lady had 331 essays submitted from 23 counties.
“I was so impressed with these 15 essays from our 7th-grade students! We received essays about mothers, fathers, teachers, friends… and even pets that show how lucky students feel to have such wonderful, supportive relationships,” First Lady Cathy Justice said.
The winners of the First Lady’s St. Patrick’s Day Essay Contest are:
1st Place – $100
West Preston Middle School
2nd Place – $75
Ravenswood Middle School
3rd Place – $75
Gilmer County High School
4th Place – $50
Warwood Middle School
5th Place – $50
Mountaineer Middle School
6th Place – $50
John Adams Middle School
7th Place – $50
Meadow Bridge High School
8th Place – $50
Andrew Jackson Middle School
9th Place – $50
Wheeling Country Day School
10th Place – $50
Pendleton County Middle School
Honorable Mentions – $25
Britney Foster, Clay County Middle School, Clay County
Jada Mazur, Sherman Junior High School, Boone County
Anthony Mealy, Warwood Middle School, Ohio County
Lucas Milam, Summersville Middle School, Nicholas County
Bailey Pritt, Braxton County Middle School, Braxton County
This contest was the eighth installment of the First Lady’s “Student Artist Series” initiative. On special holidays, she will host different art competitions or projects for students to participate in, encouraging creativity and promoting the importance of the arts within schools throughout West Virginia.