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Courtesy of West Virginia Press Association Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice celebrate the apparent passage of the Roads to Prosperity amendment at the West Virginia Capitol on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, with a room full of supporters and state officials.

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CHARLESTON - High school show choirs from throughout the Mountain State are encouraged to take part in the Songs for West Virginia contest, announced Cathy Justice, wife of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

Cathy Justice is asking that all high school show choirs find, sing, and record a song about West Virginia and send her office a link to the recording.

"I am very excited to offer a show choir initiative as part of my Artist Series this year," she said. "There are many wonderful songs about our beloved West Virginia. I can't wait to see and hear all of the creative renditions our WV students submit."

This contest is the fourth installment of Cathy Justice'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 West Virginia schools.

Students should email their contest entries as unlisted YouTube video links to first.lady@wv.gov. An unlisted video is a type of private video - only people who know the link to the video can view it. It will not appear in YouTube's public spaces such as search results or your channel. Instructions for how to do so are as follows:

Start by signing in to YouTube (or creating an account if you don't already have one).

Follow the usual steps to upload a video.

In the privacy settings, change the video from "public" to "unlisted."

Send the YouTube video link and all pertinent information to first.lady@wv.gov.

Video links must be submitted by April 29. Winners will be announced by May 13. Prizes will be awarded to winning entries. For more information, contact the First Lady's Special Assistant Katie Speece at 304-558-3588 or kate.e.speece@wv.gov.

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