With the 2013 U.S. Senior Open underway at Omaha Country Club, First National Bank of Omaha and State Treasurer Don Stenberg have announced an art exhibit to highlight the winners of Junior Poster Contest affiliated with this event. The seven winning posters of the Junior Poster Contest will be on display at the Nebraska State Capitol, first floor Rotunda, from 10 a.m. July 15 to 3 p.m. July 19.
The 34th U.S. Senior Open Championship announced the contest March 4 with an April 19 deadline for submissions. More than 300 entries were received from Nebraska students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Winners were recognized May 6 during the U.S. Senior Open Media Day at the Omaha Country Club.
Courtney Toner from Grand Island was selected as the Grand Prize winner and received a $5,000 contribution into a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) Direct College Savings Plan account, donated by First National Bank of Omaha. The remaining six winners – Jett Smeal, Grant Niemann, Drew Niemann, Ellie Niemann, Gracie Kerr and Anna Boor, all from Omaha - each received a $529 contribution into a NEST Direct College Savings Plan account, also donated by First National Bank of Omaha.
Each winner also received a prize package, including tickets to the Senior Open Championship for the winner’s parents or guardians, championship merchandise and a framed copy of his or her poster, autographed by Roger Chapman, 2012 U.S. Senior Open Champion. The grand prize winner’s design was declared the Official Championship Poster and is being sold this week in the Merchandise Pavilion at the event at the Omaha Country Club, 6900 Country Club Road.
“I invite parents, families, friends and members of the community to visit the Capitol to view the students’ artwork and celebrate their artistic talents. At the same time, families can learn more about our excellent Nebraska Educational Savings Trust,” said Treasurer Stenberg.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $23 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.
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.