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DENVER, Col. — Stephanie Johnson recently moved more than 1,500 miles across the nation, trading in the Mountain State for the mile-high community of Golden, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
A native of Logan County, West Virginia, Johnson has spent the past twenty-years living in Lewisburg, however, a yearning to find greater economic opportunities recently sent her west.
Upon arriving in Colorado, the young woman went to work becoming a legal resident of the 104,000 – square mile state.
One requirement of this move was to have her vehicle tested by Colorado Air Care officials, in order to ensure the car was in compliance with the state’s environmental standards.
Johnson says that as she arrived at the location for her vehicle to be checked, the Colorado Air Care employee came out to her car and began staring intently at her West Virginia license plate.
“So, you’re from Virginia,” he asked.
“No, West Virginia is its own state,” she answered.
“And it isn’t in Alaska,” the gentleman replied.
“By this point I have lost all faith in the public education system or at least the one in which he attended,” Johnson jokes.
“No, how could it possibly be in Alaska? It’s one of the 50 states!” she answered again.
“I’m not sure we even have this state in our database,” retorted the guy responsible for saving the planet.
Fortunately for the former resident of Greenbrier County, the State of Colorado did have West Virginia in their database of states… Whew, that girl dodged a bullet!
When asked how she felt after coming to the realization that the guy had no clue West Virginia was even a state, Johnson told Appalachian Magazine, “I was immediately disappointed… West Virginia has so much to offer the nation in terms of culture and natural beauty.”
“I also had to wonder how this wasn’t covered with more rigor in the school he attended. We have a lot of obstacles we are encountering as a nation, and I believe it’s important to be aware and informed… If people don’t know that West Virginia is a state, how can we as a nation begin to combat the poverty that has plagued Appalachia for over a century with a lot of that being concentrated in West Virginia?”
The bottom line is that Colorado’s newest resident is urging all American parents to teach their children “ALL 50 states, so they don’t look like this moron when someone rolls up with WEST Virginia tags!”
On a lighter note, Johnson said that one of her goals in moving to Colorado was so that she could “learn more about the policies that were shaping the progress, in hopes of one day bringing that knowledge back to my home.”
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