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Iowa Eighth Grader Recognized as 2011 Money Smart Kid — 

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 4, 2011) - Kay Ticer, an eighth grade student from Treynor Middle School in Treynor, was recognized as the 2011 Money Smart Kid at the Money Smart Week kickoff event in West Des Moines on April 1. In addition to being named Iowa's Money Smart Kid, Ticer also received a $1,000 College Savings Iowa account, co-sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association and Iowa Credit Union Foundation. Marybeth Foster, executive director of the Iowa Credit Union Foundation, and John Sorensen, president and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association, presented Ticer with the award.

To qualify for the statewide contest, students in grade six through eight were asked to submit a 300-word essay that described the financial risks and benefits of mortgaging a home from the perspective of the homeowner and the lender. Five essays were selected as finalists to participate in an interview, and Kay Ticer was selected as the 2011 Money Smart Kid.

"Mortgaging a home is one of the biggest and most important decisions that you will be faced with throughout life," Kay wrote in her award-winning essay. "What makes this such a big decision is all the financial risks that the homeowner and the lender encounter."

Kay is the daughter of John and Tammy Ticer of Council Bluffs. As Iowa's 2011 Money Smart Kid, Kay will serve as a spokesperson promoting financial education during Money Smart Week, taking place April 2-9 in communities across the state. Throughout the week, more than 136 educational events will be hosted by nearly 140 community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations and financial experts in an effort to help Iowans of all ages learn to better manage their personal finances. More information about Money Smart Week partners and a calendar of events is available at www.moneysmartweek.org/iowa.
 


   
   
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