Sharing Story on Budget Bests Earns Student $500

 

Daniel James Welsh, a senior at Larry A. Ryle High School in Union, Kentucky, is the winner of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank’s 2009 creative writing contest for high school students. Welsh is awarded a $500 savings bond for his essay on the importance of saving. Ms. Sarah Meece, a teacher at Larry A. Ryle High School, was Welsh’s sponsor. This year’s contest asked students how they will budget for upcoming school expenses. Read the winning essay here.

Other prize winners are:

Second Place ($250 U.S. savings bond):

 
Andy McFeaters, Franklin Area High School, Franklin, PA, sponsored by Merrill Cowart

Runners-up ($100 U.S. savings bond):


Amy Finkenbine, Anna High School, Anna, OH, sponsored by Amber Dues
Jeff Schumacher, Hoover High School, North Canton, OH, sponsored by Rashmi Chopra
Erin McGrath, Mentor High School, Mentor, OH, sponsored by Ellen Burchell

Semifinalists ($50 U.S. savings bond):


Lisa Chung, Shawnee High School, Lima, OH, sponsored by Judy Kent
Anne Lammers, Larry A. Ryle High School, Union, KY, sponsored by Sarah Meece
Gabriella DiNardo, Baldwin High School, Pittsburgh, PA, sponsored by Natalie Grattan
Amy Dgien, Baldwin High School, Pittsburgh, PA, sponsored by Natalie Grattan
Erin Frederick, Ursuline Academy, Cincinnati, OH, sponsored by James McCarthy

For the past six years, the Bank’s Learning Center and Money Museum has sponsored a writing contest for high school juniors and seniors in the Fourth Federal Reserve District (Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, northern panhandle of West Virginia). Entries are evaluated based on comprehension, organization, conclusions, creativity, and clarity.

The Learning Center and Money Museum is your source for all things money. For online activities, games, and educational resources, visit www.clevelandfed.org/learning_center. Or plan an in-person visit to explore 30 interactive exhibits and displays that focus on what gives money value. Admission is free. The facility is open year-round, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed holidays).