'Why I Want to Go to College' Writing Contest 2011
Essay Contest Winners Recognized at Home Plate During Storm Chasers Game
Nebraska State Treasurer's Office College Savings Program 2011 'Why I Want to Go to College' Essay Contest Winners Recognized at Storm Chasers Game at Werner Park
Winners in the 2011 Nebraska College Savings Program essay contest are photographed with State Treasurer Don Stenberg, right, near home plate at Werner Park in Papillion. Photographed, from left, are Stormy, one of the Storm Chasers’ mascots; Rachel Biar, director of the Nebraska College Savings Program for the State Treasurer’s Office; Emma Cox, North Platte; Carson Guy, Omaha; Abbey Patera, Springfield; Nicholas Swoboda, Omaha; Devon Torskey, Springfield; Erin Bown, Sidney; Emmy Niroula, Omaha; Lauren Foss, Gretna; and Treasurer Stenberg.

Winners in the 2011 College Savings Program essay contest were recognized Sunday (May 22) at Werner Park in Papillion at the start of the Omaha Storm Chasers game with the Las Vegas 51s.

The Storm Chasers lost 11-7 in the fourth and final game of the weekend series.

The essay contest winners, standing near home plate, were introduced to the baseball crowd over the loudspeaker, and each received a congratulatory handshake and certificate from State Treasurer Don Stenberg. The annual essay contest associated with the Nebraska College Savings Program is sponsored by the State Treasurer’s Office and the Storm Chasers. The theme of this year’s contest was “Why I Want to Go to College.”

Winners were selected from each of Nebraska’s three U.S. Congressional districts and from entries from outside Nebraska. First-place winners received $1,000 each toward a Nebraska College Savings plan and a night’s stay in an Omaha-area hotel; second-place winners received $500 each toward a College Savings plan, and third-place winners received $300 each toward a College Savings plan.

The winners are as follows:

1st Congressional District

First:Lauren FossGretna Middle SchoolGretna, NE
Second:Devon TorskeyPlatteview Central Junior HighSpringfield, NE
Third:Abbey PateraPlatteview Central Junior HighSpringfield, NE

2nd Congressional District

First:Emmy NiroulaMorton Magnet SchoolOmaha, NE
Second:Nicholas SwobodaSt. Philip Neri SchoolOmaha, NE
Third:Carson GuyAlice Buffett Magnet SchoolOmaha, NE

3rd Congressional District

First:Erin BownSidney Middle SchoolSidney, NE
Second:Katie RuthAdams Central Junior HighHastings, NE
Third:Emma CoxSt. Patrick’s Junior HighNorth Platte, NE

Out-of-State

First:Elisabeth WerriesTriopia Junior High SchoolChapin, IL
Second:Neha HaquePleasant Valley Junior HighLeClaire, IA
Third:Luke EcksteinSt. Aloysius SchoolVicksburg, MS
Treasurer’s Office Photos by Jana Langemach
Some close-up photos of individual winners shaking hands with Treasurer Stenberg are available upon request. Contact Jana Langemach at 402-471-8884.

Details about next year’s essay contest will be available on the State Treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.org/csp/scholarships/essay/college/2012 and through local schools in February 2012; the deadline will again be in April.

The Nebraska College Savings Program provides four qualified tuition plans under Section 529 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The four plans in the Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust are the NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer is the Program Trustee, and First National Bank of Omaha is the Program Manager. Investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council.

About NEST

NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 261,000 accounts, including 84,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.

  • Jana Langemach
  • Director of Communications
  • 402-471-8884