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Woodsdale Elementary Student Among Winners of Statewide Contest


A local elementary student was recognized Wednesday morning for her achievements in a statewide essay contest.

Fifth grade student Rachel Edinger from Woodsdale Elementary is one of 15 regional winners in the 2016 SMART529 “When I Grow Up” essay contest.

Rachel wrote about becoming an interior designer when she grows up.

Rachel said the space where you live, work, and go to school is very important for your well-being.

Jenny Jebbia, a local field representative for West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue’s office, presented an award of $500 cash to the school.

In addition to the $500 cash prize for each winner’s school, each essay contest winner will receive $500 invested into a SMART529 college savings plan, and be recognized at a statewide awards ceremony in Charleston in September.

“I guess just when I go to a college, maybe WVU because they have a great design school, just use it for the tuition,” said Edinger, when asked what her plan was for the prize money.

During the awards ceremony, students will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win the grand prize, a total of $5,000 invested into a SMART529 account.

Jebbia said they’d love to see more students and teachers from the Northern Panhandle participate next year. For more information, log onto

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