Lyndzee Metz, a 4th grade student at Straley Elementary accepted a $500 prize for her school after winning a state wide essay contest hosted by the West Virginia Department of Treasury.
Metz is one of 16 students from across the mountain state who won the “When I grow Up” essay contest. This year the Treasury Department received more than 5,000 applicants from students in the mountain state. In her essay, Metz wrote about her aspirations of becoming a professional baker.
On Tuesday West Virginia State Treasurer, John Purdue, visited Straley Elementary to present Metz with the award.
“Well its important to start getting kids to start dreaming at a very young age about what they want to be when they are growing up and know that they can go to college they can go to culinary school or they can go and become a mechanic or welder and it takes additional education and all those aspects. And thats why we have the 529 program to allow parents and grand parents to save for those children and grand children’s education at a very young age and make a difference in their lives,” Perdue said.
Metz also received a personal $500 check that will be invested in a SMART529 college savings plan that will go toward her college tuition. SMART529 is West Virginia’s college savings program issued by the West Virginia College Prepaid Tuition and Savings Program Board of Trustees.