Boone Co. sixth-grader wins $1,000 for essay

Posted at 12:20 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 12:20:03-04

She’s only in the sixth grade, but she's already thinking about changing the world. 

Amber Branum, a student at St. Paul Catholic School in Florence, Kentucky, won a $1,000 college scholarship after sharing her dream to build energy-efficient homes in the Dream Out Loud Challenge.

More than 800 students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade submitted a piece of art or writing illustrating how they plan to change the world after college.

Branum shared her dream of designing affordable, energy-efficient homes in her essay “One Brick at a Time.”

“I hope to be able to help teach people about designing and building energy-efficient and cost-efficient homes no matter where they live or what they have available to use around them,” Branum wrote.

The Dream Out Loud Challenge was sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust.

An award ceremony for Branum will be held at St. Paul Catholic School on Friday at 9 a.m.