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[CHE] 13 Indiana students earn money for college in statewide contest
Start Date: 6/12/2014
End Date: 6/12/2014
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13 Indiana students earn money for college in statewide contest

Learn More Indiana’s Cash for College contest offers CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans

 Hoosier students—from kindergarten through high school—are being rewarded for planning how they will pay for education beyond high school. Learn More Indiana, an outreach initiative led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, is awarding 13 students—one in each grade from kindergarten through high school seniors—with $529 in an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan. The students participated in a statewide “Cash for College” contest this spring which asked them to describe how they’re planning to pay for their future.

 “We are pleased that so many students entered this contest and expressed their plans to pay for college success with excitement and creativity,” said Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers.

 The Cash for College contest required students at each grade level to complete an age-appropriate activity, including elementary students drawing a picture depicting how they will save for college and middle and high school students completing an essay. The 529 plans can be used for tuition, books and other college-related expenses.

 Winning students include:

  • Kindergarten: Morgan Rakestraw from Wallace School of Integrated Arts (Kokomo School Corporation)
  • First Grade: Kian Perry from White Lick Elementary (Brownsburg Community School Corporation)
  • Second Grade:  Lilyan Murphy from  West Noble Elementary School (West Noble School Corporation)
  • Third Grade: Nick Gilmore from Springs Valley Elementary (Springs Valley Community Schools)
  • Fourth Grade: Lukas Wroblewski from Dixie Bee Elementary (Vigo County School Corporation)
  • Fifth Grade: Greta Hanjorgiris from Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary (Salem Community Schools)
  • Sixth Grade: Isaiah Henderson Jr from Merrillville Intermediate School (Merrillville Community School Corporation)
  • Seventh Grade: Benjamin Bontrager-Singer from Goshen Middle School (Goshen Community Schools)
  • Eighth Grade: Gretchen Brown from Washington Jr High (Washington Community Schools)
  • Ninth Grade: Erik Lakomek from Hanover Central High School (Hanover Community School Corporation)
  • Tenth Grade: Mallary Meyer from Greencastle High School (Greencastle Community School Corporation)
  • Eleventh Grade: Rebecca Moore from Greencastle High School (Greencastle Community School Corporation)
  • Twelfth Grade: Amy Todd from Eastern Greene High School (Eastern Greene Schools)


About Learn More Indiana

Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Learn More Indiana is a partnership of state and local organizations working to help students of all ages succeed in school, complete college and connect to careers. In print, in person, online and on the phone, Learn More Indiana helps Hoosiers plan, prepare and pay for education and training beyond high school. Learn more at

Contact Information:
Name: Amber Audrain
Phone: 317-464-4400 x. 139
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