The 15 were selected out of nearly 3,000 entries from all over West Virginia, and each wins a $500 SMART529 WV Direct account. An additional $4,500 in a SMART529 account was awarded to Taylor Islay of Wood County, a student at Parkersburg Catholic Elementary, whose name was selected during a random drawing held at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston on May 4. The schools the children attend were also winners; each received $500 to support school programs.
For the first time, SMART529 awarded $2,500 cash to a West Virginia teacher who wrote an essay about how she planned to use SMART529 lesson plans in her classroom to encourage children to think about going to college.
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