Local students earn funds for the future in essay contest
CHARLESTON — The West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office and SMART529 celebrated 11 years of the SMART529 “When I Grow Up” essay contest for elementary school students with an award ceremony at the West Virginia State Culture Center recently. State Treasurer John Perdue recognized 15 West Virginia students for their essays detailing what they want to be when they grow up.
The regional winners, who were selected from more than 2,500 entries, each received $500 invested into a SMART529 WV Direct account.
Local students receiving awards and their future occupations are:
• Isiah Goodwin, 1st grade, homeschooled (Cabell County) — astronaut
• Isaac Napier, 2nd grade, Martha Elementary (Cabell County) — engineer
• Nicholas Roberts, 5th grade, Lavalette Elementary (Wayne County) — cartoonist
The contest gives kindergarten through fifth grade students a chance to share in nearly $20,000 in SMART529 savings for higher education. Essays from three age groups (grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5) were judged in each of the five regions, for a total of 15 winners.
“We are thrilled to partner with Treasurer Perdue to promote college savings in West Virginia,” said Hartford Funds Senior Vice President Jeff
Coghan. “After 11 years, we are now seeing some of the first recipients of this award use their winnings to help further their education.”
The “When I Grow Up” essay contests are sponsored by the SMART529 Education Savings Solution, The Hartford and the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office to promote awareness of SMART529, which is a qualified tuition program issued by the West Virginia Prepaid College Tuition and Savings Program Board of Trustees and administered by Hartford Funds, and the need for high education savings. For more information, visit www.SMART529.com.