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CCAWV Essay Contest 4April is "National County Government Month" and the County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia (CCAWV) hosts our annual essay contest for 8th grade students across West Virginia.

One of CCAWV’s goals is to increase information and public awareness about county government and the office of County Commissioner.  This goal of this initiative is to partner with West Virginia educators to encourage students to learn and write about their local county governing body, the County Commission. 

Student participants are asked to type a 500-word essay on the topic, "How does my county commission make life better for me?"

  • The winning essays will be announced in May.  

  • There will be a monetary prize for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place student winners as well as honorable mention and the teacher who submitted the 1st place essay will receive a monetary prize to be used for classroom activities. 

  • The winning students and his/her teachers will be invited to a County Commissioners’ meeting in their home county to receive their awards. 

  • The 1st place winning essay will be posted on the CCAWV website.

  • Essays will be judged on the following criteria: Understanding of the role of county commission; grammar and spelling; clarity and organization of thought.  While content is important, essays will be judged on a well-structured, grammatically correct submission.

For more information please contact Meagan James at or at 304-345-4639.

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