A Lincoln County Resident Recognized by State Treasurer Murante

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