Tacoma Student Takes National Honors in Savings Bond Contest

“Treasurer of the United States Mary Ellen Withrow has presented the first place award in the 9th Annual Savings Bonds Poster Contest to a Tacoma student during a ceremony at the Capital Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C.National first place winner Johnna Batiste, a sixth-grade student at Hunt Middle School in Tacoma is receiving a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Her poster will be used to promote the sale of bonds nationwide in 2001.First place winners from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were submitted to a panel of judges for selection of national winners. The three winning posters are the work of two sixth-graders from Tacoma and North Carolina, and a fourth-grader from New Hampshire.The winning posters and those of the other 49 first place winners are to be displayed in lighted dioramas in over 70 airports around the country this fall. They are also scheduled to be exhibited at the Capital Children’s Museum and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., from July through October.I plan to use the savings bond I won to help pay for college, unless I get a scholarship, then I plan to buy a car, Batiste said.The poster contest is an educational effort to help teach children about the value of saving and investing.”