A local 6th Grader is $5,000 richer after entering and winning a West Virginia essay contest.
Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School Student, Taylor Islay, is one of 15 students in the state to win the regional awards in the 2011 "When I Grow Up" contest.
Taylor's essay talked about her dream of being an artist.
State Treasurer, John Perdue, explains why saving now is so important.
"I understand that education is the key that's going to open up the doors of opportunity for out children in West Virginia and in their lifetime, I want to encourage parents and grandparents to save at a very young age because college is not getting any cheaper and it starts to cost more and more every year. So, the earlier we could get parents and grandparents to save for that college education for their children and grandchildren, the better off West Virginia's going to be," says Perdue.
Taylor won a $500 Smart529 WV direct account and won an additional $4,500 account after a random drawing, Wednesday, in Charleston.
Also awarded was Emilie Asher, a student at St. Marys Elementary School in Pleasants County, for her "When I Grow Up" essay.