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Winners announced in State Securities Division Essay Contest

PIERRE — Seniors from South Dakota high schools have been named cash prize winners in an essay contest coordinated by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Division of Securities.

"How to Create Financial Independence by Understanding Five Principles of Investing" was the theme of the investor education and protection initiative. South Dakota high school seniors were invited to submit five-page essays to win cash prizes of up to $6,000.

Area drawing winners include:

• $500 Drawings: Jalen Hurley, Parkston High School and Colin Geppert, Kimball High School

• $250 Drawing: Sachiko Risseeuw, Plankinton High School

In addition, Tyler Hockett, Parkston High School, received $100 for sponsoring the most qualified entries.