Students in seventh and eighth grades have the chance to win up to $2,000 by entering the 14th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” essay contest.

The contest is sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust and the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Seventh- and eighth-graders can submit an essay of 750 words or less describing their educational goals and dreams for the future. Entries must be typed and double-spaced on 8 ½-by-11 inch paper.

Entries must be the students’ original work and must be accompanied by the required cover sheet.

Judges from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Education will choose first-, second- and third-place winners for each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts.

Winners will earn prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 toward a NEST College Savings Plan.

All winners will be notified in early May and will receive four box seat tickets to the Storm Chasers game on May 1. Winners will be recognized and will get an opportunity to meet Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg.

Entries must be postmarked by March 18 and sent to Omaha Storm Chasers, Attn: Megan Burdek, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046. For complete rules and information, and the required cover sheet, visit

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