Waukee Student Wins $15K, Two West Des Moines Students Win $1,000 in National Contest from Sallie Mae
Three students from Iowa high schools placed in the top 10 of the national "Make College Happen Challenge," presented by Sallie Mae, including the grand prize winner, Kaci Nuehring of Clive, IA, a senior at Waukee High School. The "Make College Happen Challenge" is a contest that asked high school students to describe creatively how they plan to pay for college. Neuhring will receive at $15,000 award as winner. Colson Mullane and Mason Stratton, both of West Des Moines, IA will receive $1,000 awards as finalists.
More than 30,000 votes were cast online for the 10 winning entries from participants across the country. Entries included videos, song parodies, a comic book and a poem, among others. Those votes from the public were combined with scores from contest judges to choose the top three winners. Nuehring , who plans to attend the University of Kansas and become a pharmacist, submitted a video using whiteboard animation to describe her four-point plan to pay for college: take advanced placement classes while in high school to earn college credits and save on tuition; apply for multiple scholarships; work part-time to build savings; and research student loans and interest rates.
To see all 10 winning entries, visit MakeCollegeHappenChallenge.com/winners.