HHS Wins I Got Vaxxed Competition

Gov. Justice presents $50,000 check to Hurricane High School through WVDE’s I Got Vaxxed Competition

On November 17, 2021, Gov. Jim Justice traveled to Hurricane High School, one of the highest-vaccinated schools across the state, presenting students and staff with a $50,000 check as winners in the West Virginia Department of Education’s I Got Vaxxed Competition.

Gov. Justice was joined by his pet English Bulldog, Babydog, for the award ceremony.

Hurricane High School plans to use their winnings to make their 2022 Prom their best ever and to hold an event at the school for HHS families to enjoy.

This visit marked the third time in two months that the Governor and Babydog have traveled to Hurricane High School to announce a major award. Gov. Justice previously visited HHS to award two students – Livvi Miller and Connor Reece – each with full-ride college scholarships through the “Do it for Babydog” vaccination sweepstakes.

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.

Official Press Release

Watch the Ceremony HERE