Pierce Student Wins 3rd Congressional District Writing Contest

PIERCE – A Pierce student has been named 3rd Congressional District winner of the 2018 “Why I Want to Go To College” essay contest sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Kennedy Warneke took home District 3’s top prize and will be recognized Sunday, May 6, before the start of the Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion. Winners receive contributions to NEST 529 college savings plans. Third place winners received a $500 contribution, $1,000 for second place and a $2,000 contribution for first place. Three winners were chosen in each of Nebraska’s three U.S. congressional districts as well as three winners from outside Nebraska.

Students in this year’s contest were asked to think about the value of education and what they hope to achieve in their lives through pursuing higher education. The competition was open to 7th and 8th graders and there were 879 submissions. State treasurer Don Stenberg made the final selections.

1st Congressional District – Nebraska

First:                    Carmen Marley, Lincoln

Second:               Adeline Stanley, Blair

Third:                  Julia Abraham, Lincoln

2nd Congressional District – Nebraska

First:                    Isaiah Currie, Gretna

Second:               Molly McBride, Omaha

Third:                  Logan Miller, Omaha

3rd Congressional District – Nebraska

First:                    Kennedy Warneke, Pierce

Second:               Juliana Schmitz, Kearney

Third:                  Shelby March, Wymore

Outside Nebraska

First:                    Tyler Laureano, Orlando, Florida

Second:               Alexander Williford, Bloomington, Illinois

Third:                  Olivia Foster, Brookings, South Dakota