2019 County Essay Contest:

  The West Virginia County Commissioners’ Association is sponsoring its annual essay contest for eighth grade students in public and private schools in conjunction with National County Government Month in April.

   Students who would like to participate in the contest are asked to type a 500-word essay on the topic with a minimum of 400 words addressing the question: “How does my county commission make life better for me?”

  The essay must address the commission of the county in which the student resides. Monetary prizes will be given to the first, second and third place student winners.

  A monetary prize also will be given to the first-place winner’s teacher for classroom activities. The first-place winner and their teacher will each receive $300; second place student winner will receive $250 and third-place will receive $150.

  Winning students and their teachers will be invited to a county commissioner’s meeting to receive the awards. The first-place winning essay will be published in the “Commissioners’ Corner,” the association’s official publication and the winners will be recognized on the CCAWV web site: www.ccawv.org.

  Essays will be judged on understanding of the role of the county commission, grammar, spelling, clarity and organization of thought. By entering the contest the students and teachers agree to allow their name and photograph to be used in a news release announcing the contest winners.

  Each student is limited to one entry. Teachers must fill out an application form to participate in the contest and submit each individual entry as a Word or PDF document with a copy of the application form attached. The students’ entries can only be submitted by the teacher.

   Applications are available by contacting Pam Brust at the Wood County Courthouse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., calling 304-424-1947, or online at Wood County’s Web site: www.woodcountywv.com. Click Here for a PDF copy of the application.

   All entries must include the student’s name, email address and the county.

   A goal of the association is to increase information and public awareness about county government and the office of county commissioner. All entries must be accompanied by the application form.

  “We do a program for middle school students now to help them learn more about how government and the various county offices operate. This essay contest is something we would certainly like to see our local students get involved with; we had winners from Wood County a few years ago and we’d love to see some this year,” Wood County Commission President Blair Couch said.

  “This contest is one more way students can learn about government and how it works. Some of those students may be inspired to one day run for office,” Commissioner Jimmy Colombo said.

   I think it’s very important to get young people involved in the process,” Commissioner Bob Tebay said. 

   A committee made up of commissioners and CCAWV staff will judge the entries. All entries must be emailed by 5 p.m., April 19 to qualify. Entries should be mailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   For more information contact Vivian Persons at the CCAWV, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 304-345-4639.

   Winners will be announced by April 29.