Utah Educational Savings Plan
The eight winners of the Maker Your Mark bookmark contest hold posters featuring their winning entries. The contest was sponsored by the Utah Educational Savings Plan and StepUp to Higher Education.

SALT LAKE CITY — Eight Utah students are $1,000 closer to their college dreams, thanks to their winning submissions in the Utah Educational Savings Plan and StepUp to Higher Education’s Make Your Mark bookmark contest.

More than 1,500 students in four age brackets entered original artwork for a chance at a $1,000 college savings scholarship account.

Kindergarten through third-grade winners were Milo Penrod, a second-grader from Wasatch Elementary in Salt Lake School District; and Sicily Patterson, a third-grader from Alpine School District’s Freedom Elementary.

Two sixth-grade students were selected in the fourth- through sixth-grade category: Helena Gutierrez from Wasatch Elementary in Salt Lake School District, and Genevieve McFadden from H C Burton Elementary in Davis School District.

Seventh-grader Seth Nielsen from North Star Academy and eighth-grader Eleanor Stevens from Salt Lake Arts Academy won the grades seven and eight category.

Two seniors, Isabella Broome and Kekoa Shipman, brought home the prizes for grades nine through 12. Broome attends Granite School District’s Olympus High School, and Shipman is enrolled at Snow Canyon High School in Washington County School District.

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The winning students and their families were honored at an awards luncheon last at Zions Bank headquarters in Salt Lake City.

Make Your Mark is part of the celebration of College Savings Month, designated by Gov. Gary Herbert to be observed in September. In its eighth year, the contest advances awareness about saving for higher education expenses while promoting art, reading, and college preparation.

For more information about the Utah Educational Savings Plan, visit uesp.org, call Utah Educational Savings Plan at 800-418-2551, or email info@uesp.org.