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CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice traveled to four of the highest-vaccinated middle schools across the state today, presenting students and staff at each school with a $50,000 check as winners in the West Virginia Department of Education’s I Got Vaxxed Competition.
The I Got Vaxxed Competition was announced by Gov. Justice and the WVDE to encourage eligible school-aged children, faculty, and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Through the competition, a total of 12 public and private schools – four elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools – with the largest percentage of eligible vaccinated staff and students will each win $50,000 to use for activities or initiatives which will improve the student experience. To encourage full participation, students were polled to have input on how they would like the funds to be used.
After the WVDE initially launched the program offering prizes of $25,000 for winning schools, Gov. Justice supplemented the competition’s funding, increasing the prize award to $50,000 to further incentivize school communities to participate.
A total of 77 public and private schools entered the competition, and all submitted vaccination data was verified by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to identify the winners. At least one winning school in each category is a private school.
The winning middle schools announced today were Andrew Jackson Middle School and Elkview Middle School in Kanawha County, Geary Elementary & Middle School in Roane County, and Morgantown Learning Academy in Monongalia County.
Winning elementary schools and high schools will be announced soon.
Gov. Justice was joined by his pet English Bulldog, Babydog, for today’s award ceremonies.