Local Student Wins State Essay Contest

When he grows up, he wants to be a Lego Engineer.

4th grader Riley Smith, is one of 15 winners across the state of West Virginia in the 2014 Smart529, "When I Grow Up" essay contest.

From right here in Vienna, Smith goes to Greenmont Elementary School.

He received a $500 check towards his own personal 529 college savings account from the State Treasurer John Perdue's office.

"I feel happy that I won," said Smith, 4th grader at Greenmont Elementary School.

"It gets kids thinking about what they want to do. But it also makes them become aware that most of the time what they want to do is gonna take some education after high school, and today any education after high school takes money," said Josh Stowers, Assistant West Virginia State Treasurer.

The school also received a $500 cash reward from the state treasurer's office.

All 15 winners from across the state will be entered into drawing in the fall for another $5,000 towards their college fund.


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