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For Immediate Release:


Charles Isom


Treasurer Murante to Recognize ‘Why I Want to Go to College’ Winners on Sunday with Storm Chasers at Werner Park

Lincoln, Neb. (May 2, 2019) - Winners in the 2019 “Why I Want to Go to College” contest, sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers, were announced today by Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante. The winners will be recognized Sunday, May 5, before the start of the Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion.

“It is exciting to be able to recognize our writing contest winners at Werner Park on Sunday and to present each of them with a contribution to a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST 529) college savings account. This is the 17th year of this contest for seventh and eighth graders, and, like in past years, the quality of the students’ writing, their clarity of vision for their futures, and their expressions of gratitude to parents, siblings, teachers, and mentors were tremendously impressive,” said Treasurer Murante, Trustee of NEST.

Winners receive contributions to NEST 529 college savings plans, ranging in value from $500 for third place, $1,000 for second place, and $2,000 for first place. Three winners were chosen in each of Nebraska’s three U.S. congressional districts. Three winners from outside Nebraska also were chosen.

Students were asked to reflect in their written entries on the value of education and what they hope to achieve through higher education. Winners of the 2019 contest and their hometowns are listed below:

1st Congressional District – Nebraska

First:               Danica Jacobs, Wisner

Second:          Cameron Becker, Lincoln

Third:              Alison Tilson, Lincoln

2nd Congressional District – Nebraska

First:               Avery Neneman, Omaha

Second:          Andrew Weelborg, Springfield

Third:              Sophie Thompson, Elkhorn

3rd Congressional District – Nebraska

First:               Jackson Block, Hampton

Second:          Harmon Johnsen, Sutherland

Third:              Gus Elliott, Burwell

Out of State

First:               Chongming Liu, Aurora, OH

Second:          Chloe Timmons, Murray, IA

Third:              Riley Long, Afton, IA

About NEST 529
NEST 529 is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and State Farm 529 Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 264,000 accounts, including over 85,000 in Nebraska. Visit and for more information.

About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National and its affiliates have more than $23 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value
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