Lexington third-grader wins $1,500 college savings account in state contest

A third-grader from Lexington is one of six Kentucky students who have won $1,500 college savings accounts through the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust's Dream Out Loud Challenge.

Anna Curry, who attends Sandersville Elementary, was selected after submitting an essay answering the question "How will I change the world after college?"

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade were invited to answer the question through an original poem, drawing or video. More than 1,400 students participated, according to the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust.

Other winners were Lillian Norman, a first-grader from Madisonville; Henry Haag, a first-grader from Mount Olivet; Jacob Julian, a third-grader from Paducah; Rasia Graves, a fifth-grader from Rineyville; and Jaleah Halcomb, a sixth-grader from Bowling Green.

The schools where the winning students attend also received $500.

"Dream Out Loud reaches children across the state and gets them excited about their future and how education will play an important role," said David Lawhorn, program administrator for the 529 college savings plan. "It also reminds parents and grandparents that it is never too early to start saving for college."