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'Why I Want to Go To College' essay contest

Friday, February 19, 2010

LINCOLN -- The Nebraska State Treasurer's Office, along with Nebraska's College Saving Plan Program and The Omaha Royals Baseball club are currently sponsoring the 8th annual "Why I Want to Go to College" essay contest across the state and surrounding areas for 7th and 8th grade students.

Our goal is to provide for these students a valuable learning experience. We want them to see that their greatest asset in achieving their life goals is a college education. It is from last year's essay contest participants that we hear the best justifications for a higher education:

Our 2009 Out-Of-State 3rd Place Winner was Lily Ansari, from Tonka Bay, MN. She spoke in her essay of being motivated by her father's journey to America from Iran as a teenager. He taught her never to take anything, especially an education, for granted. Her essay illustrated her understanding that hard work and a higher education go hand -in-hand when ensuring success in life.

Holly Green, from Grand Island, explained that a lifelong passion for animals and nature have led her to aspire to attend the University of Nebraska's School of Natural Resources. In her essay, Holly quoted the college's motto: "From Earth to Sky and Everything in Between." She coupled this motto with the advantage and potential she will see in her life because of her opportunity to receive a college education.

Nebraska's College Saving Program seeks to allow Nebraska families to efficiently save for the future education expenses of their children. The program is one of the top in the United States, and is affordable, flexible, and has multiple tax savings advantages. It is one of the most important investments you can make for your child.

Madeleine Sharp of Omaha commented that "College seems a ways off at this point, but in reality, it's just around the corner;" A good reminder that it's never too early to start planning ahead. She goes on to say "I feel that it is crucial to attend college," I couldn't agree more.

All 7th and 8th grade students, residing in or outside of Nebraska, are eligible for participation. A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be selected from each of Nebraska's 3 congressional districts, as well as those essays coming in from out-of-state. These winners will receive $1000, $500, and $300 (respectively) towards a Nebraska College Savings Plan. The essay should be no more than 750 words, and should articulate the student's goals and aspirations for their future, in regards to furthering their education. Each entry, along with the required cover sheet, must be post-marked by Monday, April 19, 2010, and can be mailed to:

The Omaha Royals

Attn: Diann Spataro

1202 Bert Murphy Ave.

Omaha, NE 68107

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