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Entries sought for ‘Valentines to West Virginia’ contest

January 6, 2019
First Lady Cathy Justice and her Student Artist Series announced the new "Valentines to West Virginia" contest. Valentines must be received by Feb. 1.

CHARLESTON — First Lady Cathy Justice and her Student Artist Series announced the new “Valentines to West Virginia” contest Friday. All students in the sixth grade are invited to submit a Valentine to West Virginia that shows or tells what they love most about the Mountain State.

“I look forward to seeing all the creative entries and learning more about what makes our state so special to the students,” First Lady Cathy Justice said.

Students may use writing, photography, painting, drawing, and other art mediums to describe a favorite place, memory, or moment in West Virginia. Valentines must be at least two-dimensional and no larger than 5x7 inches. They can be created using a variety of materials. Students are encouraged to take their time and, most of all, be creative

This contest is the third installment of the First Lady’s Student Artist Series initiative. On special holidays, she will host different art competitions or projects for students to participate in, encouraging creativity and promoting the importance of the arts within schools throughout West Virginia.

Students may mail their Valentines to West Virginia to:

The Governor’s Mansion

1716 Kanawha Blvd. East

Charleston, WV 25305.

With each submission, students must include their name, phone, email, county, school name, teacher’s name and teacher’s email.

Valentines will not be returned. Valentines must be received by Friday, Feb. 1. Winners will be announced by Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14. Prizes will be awarded to winning valentines.

For questions, please contact the First Lady’s Special Assistant, Katie Speece, at 304-558-3588 or kate.e.speece@wv.gov.

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