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Seventh, eighth graders invited to enter the 2014 `Why I Want to Go to College’ writing contest

January 9, 2014

The 12th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest for seventh and eighth graders was announced today by Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg. The contest, open to students in Nebraska and across the United States, is sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers.

A total of $14,000 in College Savings Accounts will be awarded as prizes.

Winners will receive contributions to Nebraska’s state-sponsored 529 college savings plans, ranging from $2,000 to $500 each. Three winners will be chosen in each of Nebraska’s three U.S. congressional districts, and three winners will be selected from outside Nebraska.

Winners from Nebraska will be recognized May 11 at the Omaha Storm Chasers’ game at Werner Park in Papillion.

“The writing contest has been an effective way for young people to reflect on the value of a college education and to think about how they and their families will pay for college,” Stenberg said. “In previous years, the young writers have been honest and genuine and have focused on their families, their career goals, and their desire to serve their communities.”

The contest is an opportunity for seventh and eighth graders to add to their Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) accounts or to get started saving if they do not already have accounts.

Entries to the “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest are limited to 750 words each and must be postmarked by March 28, 2014. The entries will be judged by faculty and students at the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha with final selections made by Treasurer Stenberg. Winners will be announced in early May.

First-place winners will each receive a $2,000 contribution to a Nebraska college savings plan. Second-place winners will each receive a $1,000 contribution to a college savings plan, and third-place winners will each receive a $500 contribution to a college savings plan. First-place winners from Nebraska will receive a one-night hotel stay in Omaha, and all Nebraska winners will receive tickets to the May 11 Storm Chasers’ game.

The following guidelines apply to contest entries:

No longer than 750 words.
Must be the student’s original work.
Must be typed, double spaced on 8 1/2 X 11-inch paper.
Must be accompanied with the required cover sheet found at
Rules can be found at
Entries to be mailed to the Omaha Storm Chasers, Attn: Andrea Stava, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046, postmarked by March 28, 2014.

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