Banks High School student wins national essay contest, $3k scholarship

First place winner Gracie Nelson (center) of Banks High School with her parents.

BANKS - Gracie Nelson, a senior at Banks High School who plans to attend the University of Oregon next fall, won the grand prize -- a $3,000 scholarship -- in the 2019 Money Smart Teen Essay Contest. 

Nelson wrote in her essay how income volatility uniquely affects individual families, and discussed ideas of how families can prepare for future financial difficulties. 

The 2018-19 Banks High has demonstrated excellence all year, including Senior JJ Ellis winning the Oregon 4A 220-pound state championship on Feb. 23, and the Banks Braves winning the 4A state championship in football for the third time in school history. 

Also notable, two of the runners up in the writing challenge -- nationwide, there are four grande prize winners and eight teen . . .

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