CHARLESTON — West Virginia is OLD — older than grandma, grandpa or anyone else you know — but getting better with age. If you’re in kindergarten through 12th grade, you’re eligible to enter a statewide art contest to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday.
Children in grades K-5 will create a birthday card for West Virginia’s special celebration. Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 can create videos by themselves or in teams of two. Videos must not be longer than two minutes.
Themes for the videos are “Happy 150th Birthday West Virginia — What Makes West Virginia Unique” and “What makes West Virginia special?” Students should wish West Virginia a happy 150th birthday within the videos.
Prizes include Kindles and gift cards and will be awarded in each age group. Winning artwork may also be showcased in the rotunda during the West Virginia 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol. There is no entry fee and artwork may be submitted through May 15. Each artwork or video must have an official application. Applications are available online at www.wvcommerce.org/art150.