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Underage Gambling Awareness Efforts Awarded With Scholarships

Seven Missouri high school seniors won scholarships in the 14th annual Project 21 Scholarship Contest, sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association (MGA), the statewide trade organization representing casino operators in Missouri.

The awards included two $1,500 and four $1,000 scholarships. The students competed for the scholarships by creating and displaying/presenting an article, poster or video that educated their peers about the dangers of underage gambling.

The 2010 winners are:

  • Conner White of Jefferson City, a senior at Helias High School, received a $1,500 scholarship (Conner's video entry is not available for viewing);
  • Tanner Dicus of California, a senior at California R-1 High School, received a $1,500 scholarship (click here to read Tanner’s essay);
  • Deborah Huebert of Booneville, a senior at Boonville R-1 High School, received a $1,000 scholarship (see image of Deborah’s poster below);
  • Sheila Haskins of Marshfield, a senior at Marshfield High School, received a $1,000 scholarship (see image of Sheila’s poster below);
  • Sierra Simmons of Washington, a senior at Washington High School, received a $1,000 scholarship (see image of Sierra’s poster below); and
  • Carly Houts of Windsor, a senior at Windsor High School and Nicholas Brueggeman of O'Fallon, a senior at Ft. Zumwalt West tied. As a result, each received a $500 scholarship. (click here to read Carly’s essay) (click here to read Nicholas' essay).

Deborah Huebert Poster
Deborah Huebert Poster

Sheila Haskins Poster
Sheila Haskins Poster

Sierra Simmons Poster
Sierra Simmons Poster


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