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TOPEKA, KS 66612-1235
Lynn W. Rogers
PHONE: 785-296-3171
FAX: 785-296-7950

For Immediate Release:
November 16, 2021

Ashley Motley, Communications Manager

ICYMI: State Treasurer Lynn Rogers Announces Winners of College Savings Month Essay Contest

Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers is proud to announce the 16 winners of the essay contest that ran in celebration of College Savings Month in September. The office received a total of 206 essay submissions.

“Every student in Kansas deserves the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and often times that starts with a path through higher education,” said State Treasurer Lynn Rogers. “I am excited to be part of these students’ educational journey. From their essay submissions, I have no doubt they have a very bright future ahead, and I look forward to seeing what all they achieve.”

The Kansas State Treasurer's Office is pleased to announce that the following young writers were selected from each congressional district:


Mariella, Hays Middle School

Scott, Bucklin Middle School

Annie, Ell-Saline Middle School

Kaycee, St. Mary’s High School


Jolie, Frontenac Junior High School

Kole, Landon Middle School

Ella, Burlington High School

Maximus, Hiawatha High School


Jamiya, Carter Middle School

Dibanhi, Monticello Trails Middle School

Isaac, Olathe North West High School

Sophia, St. James Academy


Cora, Oxford Elementary School

Teshawnda, Wilbur Middle School

Cory, Skyline Schools

Molly, West Elk High School

Students in grades 5 to 12 were asked to answer the questions, "What does the Kansas State Treasurer do?" and "If you had $1 million dollars, what would you do with it?" A panel of educators from each congressional district volunteered to review the essay entries with a rubric that scored the essays based on topic, organization, grammar/punctuation, and creativity.

Students were grouped by grade levels 5-6; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12. One student from each grade level grouping per congressional district was selected for a total of 16 selected winners. Each student with a winning essay will receive $529 to invest in a new or existing Learning Quest 529 Savings Plan. Funds saved in these accounts can be used for eligible education expenses including those associated with 2- and 4-year college programs, technical school, and registered apprenticeships.

To learn more about Learning Quest 529 Savings Plans, visit