CHARLESTON — A Weirton youth is among 15 regional winners declared as component of this year’s Clever529 “When I Develop Up” essay contest, introduced by the West Virginia Treasurer’s Workplace.

Breena Bartley, a third-grade pupil at St. Joseph the Worker Grade College, was amongst those picked from across the state to acquire $500 invested into a Good529 WV Immediate Account.

Bartley’s essay was about turning into a plastic surgeon.

A lot more than 4,600 essays have been submitted as element of this year’s contest. The universities of each individual regional winner also will acquire a $500 money prize to assistance faculty courses.

Every single regional winner was presented an option to read through their essay through a Facebook Reside event held on Thursday.“It’s unlucky that we could not recognize these scholar achievements in particular person this year, but we hope that the pupils and their mothers and fathers savored obtaining their extended loved ones and friends get part in the celebration with a are living on the web event,” claimed Treasurer John Perdue.

The grand prize winner of the contest also was declared Thursday. Piper Carmen, of Geary Elementary in Roane County, was randomly chosen to acquire a total of $5,000 in a Sensible529 account.

In its thirteenth calendar year, the Good529 “When I Improve Up” essay contest provides kindergarten via fifth quality learners a prospect to share in $12,000 in Clever529 personal savings for better training. Essays from 3 age groups (grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5) had been judged in every of the five areas, for a whole of 15 winners.

Typically, Perdue recognizes the “When I Grow Up” regional winners at an awards ceremony at the West Virginia State Tradition Center as perfectly as spring occasions at each and every profitable student’s school.

Both of those the spring visits and the award ceremony in Charleston were canceled this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our celebration may perhaps glimpse a very little diverse this calendar year, but these student’s achievements, and the concept that goes along with the “When I Mature Up” contest are just as vital,” Perdue claimed. “We want to inspire little ones to established a target for an schooling further than higher college and make people today mindful of the advantages of conserving with a Intelligent529 instruction financial savings account.”

In addition to the college student winners, Tamara Klemkowsky, a 2nd-quality teacher at Suncrest Elementary School in Monongalia County, was acknowledged as the teacher contest winner. She obtained a $2,500 funds prize for her essay about how she planned to teach her college students about heading to school and preserving with the Intelligent529 method.

The “When I Grow Up” student and instructor essay contests are sponsored by Good529, Hartford Money and the West Virginia Point out Treasurer’s Office environment to endorse awareness of Intelligent529 and the have to have for higher schooling discounts.

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