'Why I Want to Go to College' Writing Contest 2019
Treasurer Murante to Recognize ‘Why I Want to Go to College’
Winners on Sunday with Storm Chasers at Werner Park

Winners in the 2019 “Why I Want to Go to College” contest, sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers, were announced today by Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante. The winners will be recognized Sunday, May 5, before the start of the Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion.

“It is exciting to be able to recognize our writing contest winners at Werner Park on Sunday and to present each of them with a contribution to a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST 529) college savings account. This is the 17th year of this contest for seventh and eighth graders, and, like in past years, the quality of the students’ writing, their clarity of vision for their futures, and their expressions of gratitude to parents, siblings, teachers, and mentors were tremendously impressive,” said Treasurer Murante, Trustee of NEST.

Winners receive contributions to NEST 529 college savings plans, ranging in value from $500 for third place, $1,000 for second place, and $2,000 for first place. Three winners were chosen in each of Nebraska’s three U.S. congressional districts. Three winners from outside Nebraska also were chosen.

Students were asked to reflect in their written entries on the value of education and what they hope to achieve through higher education. Winners of the 2019 contest and their hometowns are listed below:

1st Congressional District — Nebraska

First:Danica JacobsWisner
Second:Cameron BeckerLincoln
Third:Alison TilsonLincoln

2nd Congressional District — Nebraska

First:Avery NenemanOmaha
Second:Andrew WeelborgSpringfield
Third:Sophie ThompsonElkhorn

3rd Congressional District — Nebraska

First:Jackson BlockHampton
Second:Harmon JohnsenSutherland
Third:Gus ElliottBurwell

Outside Nebraska

First:Chongming LiuAurora, OH
Second:Chloe TimmonsMurray, IA
Third:Riley LongAfton, IA

About NEST 529

NEST 529 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 529 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 266,000 accounts, including over 86,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.

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