A Dell Rapids St Mary student, Christopher Lee, has been awarded one of the eight prizes in the State Securities Division Essay contest. The essay was to promote the investors education and protection initiative. Entrants had to submit a five page essay on “How to Create Financial Independence by understanding Five Principles of Investing”. Lee was awarded $2,000 along with Katie Stahl of West Central for 3rd place. First place went to Shannon Miller of West Central and Evan Ireland of Rapid City Stevens; 2nd place went to Sioux Falls Roosevelt student, Kirstie Regas and Jussy Tuscherer of Northwestern; 4th place finishers were Anthony Verrier of Plankinton and David Dienert of Parkston.