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Smart Indiana Essay Contest

This Year's Topic:

Superheroes stand out because they possess above average abilities or super ordinary skills. In this essay, create your own financial superhero story.  What “powers” does your money management hero possess?  How did they become a financial superhero?  As a result of their financial superpowers, what do they know that most people don’t?  What are they able to do?  Conclude with some examples of how (in real life) you personally can learn and practice financial decision making on your own to develop similar powers.

Complete Essay Guidelines and Entry Form

How It Works:

The Smart Indiana Essay Competition is  a great way to integrate language arts with personal finance concepts.  Students will be able to apply lessons learned throughout the semester as they compose their responses to essay topics. All Indiana students in elementary, middle or high school may submit an essay. Award winners in each division will be recognized on May 11th at the Smart Indiana Awards Program.

  • All entries must be submitted by teachers by the deadline submission dates listed below. Late entries will not be accepted. Essay submissions can be emailed in pdf format to jwfansle@purdue.edu or mailed to the address below:


    • Fall Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST
    • Spring Submission Deadline: April 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST
    • Indiana Council for Economic Education
      Purdue University
      403 West State St., Krannert Bldg. Room 607
      West Lafayette, IN 47907
  • Each teacher can submit up to 8 entries into the competition to be judged.
  • Each of the essays, submitted to ICEE, should include a cover and entry release form (see: http://www.econed-in.org/pdf/smartINessayguidelines2017.pdf)
  • All essays should be double spaced.
  • All essays must be typed in an easy to read font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Students that use external resources should cite those resources and list them in a works cited or bibliography page. Submitted essays will be reviewed by a plagiarism program.
  • Essays must meet minimum word count requirements for their division as follows:

      • Elementary School (Grades 3-5), 250 words
      • Middle School (Grades 6-8), 500 words
      • High School (Grades 9-12), 700 words
  • No essay in any division should exceed 1,200 words.
  • PDF version of Complete Essay Guidelines and Forms may be found at:

    http://www.econed-in.org/pdf/smartINessayguidelines2017.pdf

By submitting these essays, the student, teacher and school is giving the Indiana Council for Economic Education permission to republish, distribute, and use in part or whole as they see fit. Additionally, parents will need to sign a form giving the Indiana Council for Economic Education the rights to the essay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Presented by:

The Essay Contest is a $mart Indiana Program. $mart Indiana is a project of the Indiana Council for Economic Education presented in partnership with the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State.

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2016/17
Essay Contest Winners

Fall 2016
1st Place Middle School Winner:

Student: Ray Gao
Fishers Jr High School
Teacher/Coach: Michael Wang

Fall 2016
1st Place High School Winner:
Student: Nathaniel Dauterman
Homestead High School
Teacher/Coach: April Moss

Spring 2017
1st Place High School Winner:
Student: Hunter Terrell
Homestead High School
Teacher/Coach: April Moss

Fall 2016
2nd Place High School Winner:
Student: Taylor Jenkins
Homestead High School
Teacher/Coach: April Moss

Spring 2017
2nd Place High School Winner:
Student: Mark Keefer
Homestead High School
Teacher/Coach: April Moss

Fall 2016
3rd Place High School Winner:
Student: Trever O'Connor
Homestead High School
Teacher/Coach: April Moss

Spring 2017
3rd Place High School Winner:
Student: Mark Rice
Homestead High School
Teacher/Coach: April Moss