Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes made a special trip to Olpe Junior-Senior High School on Friday.
Estes and Treasury Department staffers honored eighth-grader Kerina Heineken for being the people's choice in the latest Learning Quest Essay Contest.
Participating seventh- and eighth-graders were asked what they would with $2,000 to invest in their own interests. Heineken said she'd be involved in Make-A-Wish.
Estes has been making a lot of trips to Olpe -- over 10 in fact. Junior High teacher Michelle Barnhart says the program gives students a lot of lessons they can use out of the classroom.
Estes says the students obviously enjoy participating.
Heineken won $1,000 for her essay. The school also won $1,000. Barnhart says that will be donated to the South Lyon County Education Foundation for additional scholarships.
Winners were announced for both grades seven and eight. Ten runners-up had a chance to be entered in the People's Choice contest on the Learning Quest Facebook page, and Heineken's essay received the most votes among the five eighth-grade candidates.