I have grown to learn that no matter how many miles away you are from the state you will always be a West Virginian. This project started out as a way for me to get in touch with my West Virginia roots. I was born and raised in the state and grew to love every beautiful quirk it had to offer. When talking to friends and family about this project, I began to realize that it is more than just 55 illustrations in the shape of West Virginia. It was 55 things that made me who I am today. It was 55 things that connect us West Virginians together. It was 55 reasons why I am proud to say I am from West Virginia.