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Enrollment is open for the 2022-23 School Year!

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Bailey Frederick
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304-242-3966 ext. 4

2022 Golden Horseshoe

Two St. Michael Parish School students were notified that they are soon to be Knights of the Golden Horseshoe!

One of the highlights of the eighth-grade year is the opportunity for a student to become a Knight or Lady of the Golden Horseshoe. This prestigious program takes its name from the golden horseshoes given to the early explorers of West Virginia. This historical tradition was revitalized in the late 1920’s. To promote the study of state history. The Golden Horseshoe became known as a symbol of scholastic achievement to honor students who excel in the study of West Virginia.

The program of studies in combination with state awards is unique in its statewide recognition of scholastic achievement. Each year approximately 22,000 eighth grade students spend the school year studying a comprehensive West Virginia curriculum. The curriculum engages the students in the intense study of the history, geography, economy and government of the Mountain State. The primary goal of the program is to promote pride in our state, develop intellectual and participatory skills as well as foster attitudes that are necessary for students to participate as effective, involved, and responsible citizens. The State Department of Education, in effect, uses the Golden Horseshoe award to honor “all-state” West Virginia Studies students.

Each year 221 eighth-grade students are honored for their knowledge of the state in a one-day ceremony held in Charleston. The Golden Horseshoe winners have outscored their classmates in school and county wide testing competitions and made top scores on a West Virginia Department of Education test which measures their grasp of West Virginia Studies. Students also write an essay focusing on some aspect of West Virginia current events. A minimum of two students from each county and one student from the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind at Romney are selected for the award. The other 110 honorees are selected from the 55 counties based on each county’s eighth-grade population.

While in Charleston to celebrate the Golden Horseshoe Day, the honorees are treated to a tour of the Capitol and Cultural Center and a luncheon held in their honor. The high point of the Golden Horseshoe Ceremony is the induction of the students into the Golden Horseshoe Society. The State Superintendent of Schools presides over the induction ceremony. Each student kneels and, with a tap of a sword on the shoulder, is dubbed either a Knight or Lady of the Golden Horseshoe Society. Each student is presented a Golden Horseshoe pin and the 70-year honor and tradition continues.

With Ohio County’s larger population, 4 total Golden Horseshoe winners have the opportunity to be recognized from 9 total schools. St. Michael Parish School is thrilled to have two of those students in Finn O’Connell and Michael Hutnick! Finn O’Connell is the son of Sean and Missy O’Connell of Wheeling, WV. Michael Hutnick is the son of Matthew and Johnna Hutnick of Wheeling, WV. Finn and Michael both plan to continue their High School education at Central Catholic High School where they will continue reaching for the stars!

The Aquinas Medal

The success and value of our Catholic schools is manifested through our students. The Aquinas Medal is awarded to one student from each school who embodies the qualities we seek to instill in our students. Saint Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of scholars, combined his powerful intellect with an all-embracing love of God. Saint Thomas labored, as do our schools, to impart knowledge infused with an awareness of God to those who learned from him.

One student is selected from the highest academic year in each school to receive the Aquinas Medal. The Medal is not intended as strictly an academic recognition but to make visible those young people in our schools who embody the spirit of the school’s mission and the philosophy of Catholic school education.

This year, I am proud to announce that the SMPS Aquinas Medal is awarded to Matthew Criniti.

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