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College Savings Mississippi art contest winners announced

Art contest winners
Photo courtesy of Treasurer David McRae

The winners of the 2024 College Savings Mississippi art contest have been awarded.

State Treasurer David McRae announced that 12 Mississippi students and one teacher are taking home more than a combined $7,000 worth of scholarships courtesy of their submissions to the statewide competition.

“I love getting to see students’ imaginations and dreams run wild in their artwork,” McRae said. “I hope that these scholarships from Mississippi College and Career Savings help propel these students on their way to achieving those dreams.”

Nearly 2,000 students competed for 12 scholarships this year, making it one of the most competitive years in the contest’s history. The winners were:

Age Group: Early Elementary (PreK-Grade 2)

  • 1st Place: Makena Robinson — Mannsdale Elementary School
  • 2nd Place: Henry Moore — Vardaman Attendance Center
  • 3rd Place: Austin Humphery — Hillcrest Christian School

Age Group: Elementary (Grades 3-5)

  • 1st Place: Kyla Gust — Madison Avenue Upper Elementary
  • 2nd Place: Atharva Mantri — Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School
  • 3rd Place: Sloane Montgomery — Madison Station Elementary School

Age Group: Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • 1st Place: Jordyn Sledge — Ida B. Wells APAC
  • 2nd Place: Andre Clay — Ida B. Wells APAC
  • 3rd Place: Simms Powell — Ida B. Wells APAC

Age Group: High School (Grades 9-12)

  • 1st Place: Madison Heildelburg — Brandon High School
  • 2nd Place: Alexander Giddens — Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • 3rd Place: Jaliyah Bell — Ida B. Wells APAC


  • Teacher of the Year: Ginger Fisher — Mannsdale Elementary School

First-place winners received a $1,000 scholarship in the form of a Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) account. Second place received a $500 scholarship, and third place received a $250 scholarship.

Fisher was given $200 for her accomplishment. She had over 200 students submit art pieces this year.

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