Winners of the 2013 - 2014 SD High School Senior Essay Contest
Congratulations to these 2013 - 2014 essay contest winners! Division of Securities Director, Michael Youngberg, recently presented checks to winners of the 2013 - 2014 South Dakota High School Senior Essay Contest:
"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 the cash prizes.
Additional cash prizes were given based on a drawing. Those winners were:
The Division of Securities received 189 entries in the eighth annual contest, which began last fall and ended Jan. 21, 2014. Essays were judged on their content
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, and the teacher sponsoring the most senior student essays won $100. 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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