By: Debbie RolenStaff Writer
June 11, 2013
A Chapmanville Middle School student was one of fifteen West Virginia school children to win a SMART529 college savings plan after winning regional awards in the 2013 “When I Grow Up” essay contest.
The 15 were selected out of more than 4,500 entries from all over West Virginia, and each wins a $500 SMART529 WV Direct account. The schools the children attend will also be winners; each will receive $500 to support school programs.
Hannah Hatfield, a 10-year-old fifth grade student at Chapmanville Middle School wrote about being a speech pathologist.
Studies indicate that a college graduate will earn over a million dollars more during their lifetime than an individual with only a high school degree.
The “When I Grow Up” Essay Contest and the Teachers’ Essay Contest are sponsored by the SMART529 College Savings Program and the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office to promote awareness of SMART529 and the need to save for higher education.
The students’ entries were judged by former State Board of Education Board Member Priscilla Haden and Charleston Daily Mail Editor and Publisher Nanya Friend. The teachers’ entries were judged by Terry Reale, a consultant with the West Virginia Department of Education and its former coordinator for English and language arts.