Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Division of Securities

About the Essay Contest Winners

Shannon MillerAbout Shannon Miller

Shannon says what she was most surprised about in researching this topic was how important it is to start saving for retirement right away.

Shannon is involved in soccer, yearbook, student council, FFA and National Honor Society. Her parents are Randy and Melanie Miller.

Shannon’s plans after graduation are to attend South Dakota State University and major in pharmacy.

Evan IrelandAbout Evan Ireland

Evan says the essay topics were straightforward and useful. "I learned quite a bit doing the research."

Evan is involved in school plays, drama club, varsity soccer and Future Business Leaders. His parents are Anthony and Mary Ireland.

After graduation, Evan plans to major in Finance at Iowa State. He will also be in ROTC and Army Officer School during college.

Kirstie RegasAbout Kirstie Regas

Kirstie says, "I thought this essay was very useful. I learned about savings and investments."

Kirstie is involved in varsity football cheer, Teddys Dance Team, National Honor Society, Renaissance, Interact, Junior Achievement and Academy of Finance. Her parents are Frank and Cathy Regas.

After graduation, Kirstie plans to attend the University of South Dakota to pursue pre-law.

Jussy TuschererAbout Jussy Tuscherer

Jussy says "how to earn the most return on your investment" was what surprised her the most in conducting her research and writing the essay.

Jussy has been involved in volleyball, basketball, track and field, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Math Counts, science fair, band, art, youth group and National Honor Society. Her parents are Darwin and Camille Tuscherer.

After graduation this May, Jussy plans to attend Northern State University and major in Human Performance and Development. She will also play volleyball and is interested in pursuing a massage therapy degree as well.

Christopher LeeAbout Christopher Lee

Christopher says he "learned a lot about 401Ks and the importance of starting to save and invest for retirement right away" while doing the research for this essay.

Christopher is involved in football and track. His parents are Mark and Joanne Lee.

After graduation, Christopher plans to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead and pursue a degree in biochemistry.

Kate StahlAbout Katie Stahl

Katie says the essay helped her "learn a lot about our economy and saving for my future."

Katie is involved in softball, yearbook, FFA and National Honor Society. Her parents are Brian and Sue Stahl.

After graduation, Katie plans to pursue a business degree.

Anthony VearrierAbout Anthony Vearrier

Anthony says researching these topics will help him choose a retirement plan in the future and identify ways he can save $1 million. He also took a closer look at investor newspaper ads, mutual funds and insurance plans.

Anthony is involved in basketball and football. His parents are Roger Vearrier and Heather Vearrier.

After graduation, Anthony plans to attend a two-year technical institute to be a diesel mechanic.

David DeinertAbout David Deinert

David says what surprised him the most when researching and writing his essay was how a savings account works. "I can put away a little bit of money every month, and later it will give me a very large amount of money."

In high school, David has participated in football and track. His parents are Dean and Donna Deinert.

After graduation, David will attend Dakota State University for computer networking and/or programming. David is also in the Army National Guard and will continue with training this summer.


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