Six Kentucky students, including one from Robertson County, have each won a $1,500 college savings account with the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) through the 2013 KESPT Dream Out Loud Challenge.
The Challenge invited students in grades K-6 to submit an original poem, drawing, video or essay answering the question, “How will I change the world after college?” Each winner’s school will also receive $500.
The statewide winners are:
•Nora Berrong Reichert, a kindergartner at Rosa Parks Elementary in Fayette County, for a drawing.
•Emma Overstreet, a first-grader at Symsonia Elementary in Graves County, for an essay.
•Christopher Emmons, a third-grader at Robertson County School in Robertson County, for a video.
•Katie Compton, a third-grader at Blackberry Elementary in Pike County, for an essay.
•Bailey Thomas, a fifth-grader at Lewis County Central Elementary in Lewis County, for a video.
•Kelsie Justice, a sixth-grader at Spencer County Middle School in Spencer County, for a poem.
More than 1,600 entries were submitted from across the state. The contest challenged students to imagine how a college education would help them change the world and also encouraged families to start thinking about saving for college.. Contest entries included children who wanted to be doctors, veterinarians, teachers, inventors and engineers.
“The contest gets children excited and thinking about their future education and also reminds parents that it is never too early to start saving for college,” said David Lawhorn, KESPT program administrator. “We enjoy seeing the creativity of the children who participate.”
The contest ran from Jan. 21 to March 22, 2013. A panel of local business executives and education professionals served as judges for the Dream Out Loud entries. Winning submissions will be on display at www.kysaves.com.
For more information on KESPT and the Plan Disclosure Booklet, visit www.kysaves.com or call toll-free 1-877-598-7878.