What do West Virginia high school students think about when they consider iconic West Virginia images? The winning entries for the 2020 Create-a-Quarter-for-West-Virginia contest reveal much.
In conjunction with Presidents’ Day, the sixth installment of the Student Artist Series, was emceed by West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice, who established the series to promote the arts in schools by hosting competitions for students during special holidays.
Eleventh-grade students attending public and private schools in West Virginia were asked by Justice to study the history of Presidents’ Day and then re-create the reverse side of our West Virginia state quarter in an artistic way.
Justice selected first-through-tenth-place winners and five honorable mentions.
Winning entries included representations of Dolly Sods, a coal miner, Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls, the Mothman legend, the West Virginia capitol, the gristmill at Babcock State Park, the historic wine cellars at Dunbar, Woodburn Hall at West Virginia University, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Green Bank Observatory, Hawks Nest State Park, and Blennerhassett Island State Park.