CollegeCounts Announces Winners of Statewide Smart Art Contest
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Feb. 1, 2017) – CollegeCounts – Alabama’s 529 college savings program – recently announced the grand prize winners of its Smart Art Contest. John Luke Burns of Cherokee Elementary, Jaden Spencer of Thompson Intermediate and Anna Rhea White of Guin Elementary received an in-person visit from the state treasurer and a $529 contribution in CollegeCounts funds.
The contest was open to all fourth grade students attending a public school in the state of Alabama. CollegeCounts, in partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education, offered a lesson on careers led by their school counselor ending with the students completing a 50-word narrative describing what they want to do after completing college along with accompanying artwork.
“We wanted this contest to serve as a catalyst for these young students to think early about their goals and let them know those dreams can be achieved, “said Young Boozer, treasurer for the state of Alabama and board chair for CollegeCounts.
Of the participating schools, one student from each school system was chosen as a first round winner. Their artwork was then sent to the state Capitol and judged in a second round to determine the final statewide winners. Each first round winner received a $100 CollegeCounts 529 account contribution.
“Paying for college can be a daunting task, and we hope this initial investment will encourage continued contribution by each winner and their family, “said Boozer.
Although the competition has closed, parents are able to enroll for a CollegeCounts 529 account and begin saving for their student’s collegiate futures at any time. CollegeCounts has no minimum contribution requirement, allowing families to open accounts and save a little each month through quality investment funds.
Funds may be withdrawn and used at colleges, universities, trade schools and graduate schools at one-, two- and four-year schools in Alabama and across the U.S. Under the 529 Section of the tax code, special tax benefits are provided to families saving for future college expenses. Alabama taxpayers may receive a generous state income tax deduction of up to $10,000 for married couples filing jointly ($5,000 for single filers) on contributions to CollegeCounts each year.
For more information about CollegeCounts, Alabama’s 529 Fund and how to open an account, please visit CollegeCounts529.com.
*First-round winners included:
|Maggie Laray Anderson||Thomasville Elementary|
|Lena Mae Baker||Green Valley Elementary|
|Jamya Blue||Union Springs Elementary|
|Hampton Bradley Bowen||Horseshoe Bend School|
|Luisa Brown||West Limestone Elementary|
|John Luke Burns||Cherokee Elementary|
|Jack Cobb||Vestavia Hills Liberty Park Elementary|
|Kalynn Davis||Huntington Place Elementary|
|Taladria Dean||Maryvale Elementary|
|Dawson Duboise||Lynn Elementary|
|Anna Kate Everitt||McBride Elementary|
|Ainsley Foy||Childersburg Elementary|
|Ben Gamper||Daniel Pratt Elementary|
|Gage Gardner||Wellborn Elementary|
|Preston Gay||East Elementary|
|Isabella Gentry||Pelham Oaks Elementary|
|Allison Gonzalez||Wedowee Middle|
|Roderick Graham, Jr.||Central Elementary|
|Dahae Gu||Pike Road School|
|Vayda Guido||LE Willson Elementary|
|Owen Harris||Parkside Elementary|
|Morgan Hart||Cherokee Elementary|
|Alana Hayes||Harrand Creek Elementary|
|Anabelle Hilburn||Piedmont Elementary|
|Blakeli James||Magnolia School|
|Lacey Jennings||Thorsby High School|
|Makinley Johnson||Priceville Elementary|
|Phalynn Jordan||Ashville Elementary|
|Aurora Lang||Rainbow Elementary|
|Madonno Keyes||Tallassee Elementary|
|Carly Kimbrell||Berry Elementary|
|Callie Ann Lovelady||Moulton Elementary|
|Camille Victoria Lucas||Sumiton Elementary|
|Alexandra Jaimes Martinez||Fultondale Elementary|
|Jacy Matthews||Highland Elementary|
|Callahan Greear McCarthy||Montana Magnet School|
|Raegan McKinney||Boaz Intermediate|
|Alice Merck||Caldwell Elementary|
|Jaylien Moorer||DC Wolfe Elementary|
|Jose Nava||Greensboro Elementary|
|Brady Richardson||Zion Chapel School|
|Sonia Garcia Rodriguez||Crossville Middle|
|Kimberly Rucker||Eufaula Elementary|
|Jaden Spencer||Thompson Intermediate|
|Barbara Kate Van Sweringen||John S. Jones Elementary|
|Keelani Waldrop||Paine Elementary|
|Zoe Walling||New Hope Elementary|
|Anna Rhea White||Guin Elementary|
|Camille White||Sulligent Elementary|
|Amari Jade Williams||Edgewood Elementary|
|Katelyn Williams||KDS DAR Elementary|
|Joshua Wilson||Ridgecrest Elementary|
|Kayleana Wright||Dixie Elementary|