Students learn about savings through the design program
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — One of the most important things people can do is plan for their financial future. For the past decade, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has educated young people on ways to save money and become financially savvy through its piggy bank design contest.
The UK extension recently announced the winners of the 2022 competition to kick off Kentucky Saves Week, February 21-25.
Kentucky Saves Week encourages Kentuckians of all ages to start or increase personal savings and reduce debt.
“The competition is a creative way for young people to start building financial literacy skills,” said Nichole Huff, assistant professor and extension specialist in family and consumer science. “It not only helps them understand the importance of saving, it also shows them that learning about money can be fun. It’s one of the many ways Cooperative Extension supports the development of a healthy financial lifestyle.
The contest was open to all school-aged youth in Kentucky and encouraged entrants to design and decorate their own piggy bank. The contest not only allowed students to express their creative side, but also helped them set personal savings goals. Participants presented their banks to county extension offices for judgment. Extension staff chose the county winners to advance to the regional competition. Each region chose winning piggy banks.
The winning piggy bank models are currently on display at the Kentucky State Capitol and will remain there until March.
The winners are:
Evan McCuiston, Marshall County, fourth year
Brady Blackburn, Caldwell County, Year Three
Ginger Logsdon, County Meade, fifth year
Payton Etheridge, Allen County, Grade 12
Mackenzie Howard, Mercer County, sophomore
Jillian Reichert, County Oldham, Year Three
Grace Bene, Kenton County, Grade Five
Montana Villela, Russell County, Fifth Grade
Addison Cornett, Clay County, Fifth Grade
Taylor Akers, Pike County, ninth grade
Madison Tompkins, Carter County, third year