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North Central Bank announces statewide essay writing contest

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 2:13 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 2:14 p.m. CST

LADD — North Central Bank announces a competition that enables Illinois high school seniors to enter a statewide essay writing contest. It is all part of a program sponsored by Illinois community banks and the CBAI Foundation for Community Banking to increase public awareness of locally owned banks and their contributions to the community.

North Central Bank is a member of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI), which formed the Foundation in 1996. A monetary award in the amount of $1,000 a year for up to four years of higher education will be given to the author of the best essay submitted to the CBAI Foundation by a participating Illinois high school senior. Up to 12 additional first-place $1,000 awards and 13 second-place $500 awards are available throughout the state. An additional $500 will be awarded to the high school of the overall winner.

North Central Bank will also be offering up to $500 as a local award. The same entries sent to the state competition will be judged locally.

The bank is encouraging all local high school seniors to submit short essays on the following theme: "The Importance of Community Banking."

Information on the contest is available at North Central Bank and the local high schools. Entries must be submitted to the bank by Jan. 17, 2014. The bank will then submit selected entries to the CBAI Foundation to be eligible for statewide competition.

CBAI, a professional trade association representing approximately 400 Illinois-chartered banks and thrifts throughout Illinois.

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