'Why I Want to Go to College' Writing Contest 2020
Treasurer Murante Announces ‘Why I Want to Go to College’ Winners

Today Nebraska Treasurer John Murante announced the winners in the 2020 “Why I Want to Go to College” contest, sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers. The winners will be recognized before the start of an upcoming Omaha Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion. The date and time of the game will be announced at a later date.

“It is always exciting to be able to recognize our writing contest winners. This is the 18th 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. "I look forward to meeting with these students later this year."

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.

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 2020 contest and their hometowns are listed below:

1st Place - $2,000 NEST Account to Each Winner

Dist. 1:Olivia WrayScott Middle School, Lincoln, NE
Dist. 2:Alexander WatsonPlatteview Central Jr. High, Springfield, NE
Dist. 3:Tanner ThramerGiltner Public School, Giltner, NE

2nd Place - $1,000 NEST Account to Each Winner

Dist. 1:Landon FultonWeeping Water Public School, Nehawka, NE
Dist. 2:Owen StehlikPlatteview Central Jr. High, Springfield, NE
Dist. 3:Reece MladyBlue Hill Community Schools, Ayr, NE

3rd Place - $500 NEST Account to Each Winner

Dist. 1:Jonathan RyanRyan Christian Academy Home School, Lincoln, NE
Dist. 2:Autumn HinesPlatteview Central Jr. High, Springfield, NE
Dist. 3:Reagan PelsterWallace Public Schools, Wallace, NE

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 281,000 accounts, including over 93,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.

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