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October 18, 2017

Mary Jo Ryan

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 Winners of NEST 529 College Savings Read to Win Drawing Honored at Capitol

Fifteen Summer Readers each Win $529 in College Savings;
Their Libraries Receive $250 each

Lincoln, Neb. (October 18, 2017) – Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, First National Bank of Omaha, and the Nebraska Library Commission presented 15 Nebraska children and teenagers each with a $529 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings account today in the fourth annual Read to Win Drawing at the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda. Each winner’s respective library branch was awarded $250. 

Out of 13,000 entries, five children were selected at random from each of Nebraska’s three U.S. Congressional Districts. Children between the ages of 3 and 18 were automatically entered into the drawing if they were registered for summer reading programs at their local libraries and completed local requirements for the programs

“In addition to sparking creativity and improving critical thinking skills, reading has been associated with higher rates of academic success among young children,” said State Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “It is reassuring to see the number of entries rise each year as we lend support to our community libraries that play a large part in fostering children’s education and love of books.”

The 2017 winners, their hometowns, and the libraries where they participated in summer reading are as follows:

District 1:             Braden Anderson, Hallam, Lincoln City Libraries
                             Lincoln Lappe, Lincoln, Lincoln City Libraries
                             Brayden Reinboth, Lincoln, Lincoln City Libraries
                             Jacob Miller, Lincoln, Lincoln City Libraries
                             Sam Petermann, Lincoln, Lincoln City Libraries

District 2:             Ruth Mansour, Omaha, Omaha Public Library
                             Elena Miranda, Omaha, Omaha Public Library
                             Kara Stricklin, Omaha, Omaha Public Library
                             Jackson Evans, Omaha, Omaha Public Library
                             Cole Vredeveld, Bennington, Omaha Public Library                            

District 3:             Ayden Kuebler, Grand Island, Grand Island Public Library
                             Boaz Roan, Grand Island, Grand Island Public Library
                             John Tompkins, O’Neill, O’Neill Public Library
                             Caine Genereux, Bartlett, O’Neill Public Library
                             Emery Palser, Ravenna, Ravenna Public Library

“At NEST, we encourage children to dream big for their futures and to achieve their academic goals. Through the fourth annual Read to Win $529 Drawing, we are proud to promote literacy as well as motivate families to save for their children’s academic futures,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha.

To find out more about NEST College Savings Plans, visit or

About NEST
NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 252,000 accounts, including 78,000 in Nebraska. Visit and for more information.

About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $20 billion in managed assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option

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NEST 529 Winners

Nebraska Treasurer Don Stenberg  with Joanna Swanson of First National Bank of Omaha and Rod Wagner, director of the Nebraska Library Commission, and some of the winners of the Read to Win summer reading program. From left, back row, Caine Genereux of Bartlett, Braden Anderson of Hallam and Brayden Reinboth of Lincoln. Center row, Emery Palser of Ravenna, Boaz Roan of Grand Island and Ruth Mansour of Omaha. Front row, from left, Lincoln Lappe and Jacob Miller of Lincoln.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, “bringing together people and information.”


The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website, .

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