Gov. Tomblin announces student contest

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has invited students to enter a statewide art contest in celebration of West Virginia’s 150th birthday.

Winning artwork will be featured during West Virginia’s 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol June 20-23. The contest, organized by the Department of Commerce, is open to all school-aged children, kindergarten through 12th grade.

“This contest provides our students a wonderful opportunity to creatively celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday through the expression of traditional and modern-day, multimedia art,” Tomblin said. “I look forward to seeing their artwork during the birthday celebration at the State Capitol in June.”

Participants will be divided into three different groups. Those in grades kindergarten through five will create a birthday card for West Virginia’s sesquicentennial birthday. Students in grades six to eight and nine to 12 will create two-minute videos wishing West Virginia a Happy 150th Birthday. Themes for the videos are “Happy 150th Birthday West Virginia – What Makes West Virginia Unique” and “What Makes West Virginia Special?” Winning artists will receive Kindles, and the winning student’s classroom will receive gift cards will for art supplies.

Applications and details about the contest are available online at Entries will be accepted through May 15.

More information on West Virginia’s 150th birthday celebration at the Capitol and events through the state can be found at