Middle school students Akshaya Raghavan of Naperville and Zorian Schiffman of Elmhurst have been named the winners of the COUNTRY Financial Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, and each will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
The contest challenged middle school students to describe to investors how investing in the students would produce a return.
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Akshaya, who attends Scullen Middle School in Naperville, weighed the risks and projected benefits of funding her college education based on her past academic success and her goal of becoming a scientist.
Zorian, who attends Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, asks for funding to help attain his dream job as general manager of the Chicago Cubs.