Four AAEC students travel to D.C. to present winning essay, video

From left: Jamie Kerr, Paula Martin, Allison Perdue, and Matt Maranowski. These students were awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. for their winning essay and video on retirement savings among a younger generation.

Four financial planning students in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics were the winners of this year’s national 2011-2012 iOME Savings Challenge.

After being awarded $10,000 among the team, the students received an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in July to present their winning essay and video on retirement saving among the younger generation to Congressman Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, who serves on the House Budget Committee, and before 80-100 financial economists and political staff members dealing with retirement policy. The students impressed the panel with their ideas and for fielding tough questions — so much so that they were asked about employment opportunities and invited back to discuss further their paper and ideas with the Department of Labor, as a special request from Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Davis.

Assistant Professor Hyrum Smith, who served as faculty adviser, plans on having students in his retirement planning class participate in the annual iOMe Challenge each year.

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2 Responses to Four AAEC students travel to D.C. to present winning essay, video

  1. Karen Poff says:

    Let’s see the video!

  2. Insights Editor says:

    Here’s the video. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Son_4WArUVI

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