|CONWAY, MO – Riley Luallin of Conway, MO, a 2016 graduate of Laclede County R1 – Conway High School, is one of seven students in Missouri to win the 20th annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the professional organization representing casino operators in Missouri. Luallin will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition at Evangel University in Springfield, MO.|
Luallin won the award based on her article “Don’t Bet Your Life Away.” The article was published in the Conway Chronicles and Lebanon Daily Record newspapers to help educate the community.
“The statistics were surprising,” said Luallin. “It never crossed my mind to be an underage gambler so I didn’t know people even thought about it or got away with it.”
Luallin learned about the scholarship through her guidance department. She is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Peer Leaders and her high school volleyball, cross country, track and basketball teams. She plans to purse a degree in social work.
The Project 21 Scholarship Contest was developed to educate young people that it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a Missouri casino. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.
The students were asked to create an essay, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries must have been published or viewed in the students’ high schools in January or February of the contest year.
The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select.
“The Missouri casino industry is dedicated to education in our state, both through the funding that results from gaming tax revenues and through efforts like Project 21,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “Our experience has been that young people are most effected by messages delivered by their peers. Project 21 encourages students to learn about the issues of underage gambling and share that information with others.”
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Source: Missouri Gaming – news