For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 30, 2014
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605.773.3094
Winners Announced in State Securities Division Essay Contest
PIERRE, S.D. -- Seniors from eight South Dakota high schools have been named cash prize winners in an essay contest coordinated by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Division of Securities.
"How to Create Financial Independence by Understanding Five Principles of Investing" was the theme of the investor education and protection initiative. South Dakota high school seniors were invited to submit five-page essays to win cash prizes of up to $6,000.
Winners of the 2013-2014 contest include:
The Division of Securities received 189 entries in the eighth annual contest. Essays were judged on their content and placed in one of four levels. When all papers were categorized, division officials randomly selected two winners from each level.
In addition to submitting essays, students also had to be sponsored by a teacher from their high school. Educators sponsoring the top five winning students received cash prizes up to $500. The teacher sponsoring the most senior student essays won $500.
One teacher was also randomly drawn to win $100. Educators honored as sponsors are:
The essay contest was funded by a grant from the Investor Protection Trust (IPT), a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. Since 1993, the IPT has worked with states to provide independent, objective investor education all Americans can use to make informed investment decisions. For more information, visit www.investorprotection.org.
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