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Money Smart Teen Takes Home Cash for College

Essay Contest Winner Announced in Minneapolis

April 19, 2017

Saving your pennies isn’t tough, it’s smart. Three Minneapolis-St. Paul area students won cash for college by demonstrating just that in the 2017 Money Smart Teen Essay Contest.

COUNTRY Financial asked 9th through 12th-graders to answer the following questions:

  • Do you think there is a connection between financial health and physical health?
  • What can a city, state or national policymaker do to help promote financially healthier citizens?

Elias Freberg a 12th-grader at Como Park Senior High School earned the first place prize, a $3,000 scholarship for his response about the positive impact financial security can have one one’s health.

“Individuals who do not understand what it means to be financially healthy are more likely to experience adverse physical health effects,” Freberg said. “Stressing over [one’s] financial state can wreak havoc on the physical body as well as the mind.”

Runners up John Ario of Washburn High School and Shukri Isse of Metro Schools College Prep each received $1,000 scholarships.

About Money Smart Week

COUNTRY Financial and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education are sponsoring the essay contest as part of Money Smart Week, a national public awareness campaign to help individuals and families better manage their personal finances.

About COUNTRY Financial®

COUNTRY Financial is a marketing name for COUNTRY Life Insurance Company®, COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company® and their respective subsidiaries, located in Bloomington, IL.  COUNTRY Financial serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States and offers a wide range of insurance and financial products and services.