For Immediate Release
February 24, 2016
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Teen Named Grand Prize Winner of National Video Contest

WASHINGTON—In recognition of America Saves Week, the American Bankers Association Foundation announced today the three national winners for its 2015-2016 Lights, Camera, Save! video contest. The winning videos were revealed through a live broadcast on the association’s YouTube channel.
 
The judging panel, which consisted of personal finance and communications experts, awarded Nathan Mitchell of Waco, Texas the grand prize for his video, “Nathan Mitchell's Money Management Short.” Mitchell was a national finalist after winning the local contest at Extraco Banks’ Waco branch.
 
“In only 57 seconds, Nathan’s video takes you through one’s life journey, exploring the endless possibilities once you start saving,” said Corey Carlisle, ABA Foundation executive director. “Nathan’s video will inspire other kids and teens to make saving a priority.”
 
The Lights, Camera, Save! judging panel awarded the national grand prizes as listed below:
  • First Place Winner—$5,000
    Nathan Mitchell, “Nathan Mitchell’s Money Management Short”
    Rapoport Academy (Waco, Texas)
    Extraco Banks (Waco, Texas)
  • Second Place Winner—$2,500
    Jackson Harvey, “A Squirrel’s Guide to Saving”
    West Potomac Academy (Alexandria, Va.)
    Burke & Herbert Bank (Alexandria, Va.)
  • Third Place Winner—$1,000
    Jared Christensen, “Savings Sounds Great”
    Manti High School (Manti, Utah)
    Zions Bank (Salt Lake City)
The ABA Foundation will also award a scholarship to an educator from each of the three winners’ schools to Jump$tart’s National Educator Conference this fall in Dallas.
 
Lights, Camera, Save!, which launched in 2010 as an offshoot of the ABA Foundation’s Teach Children to Save program, is a unique competition that encourages kids to use video to communicate the value of saving and motivate their peers. Banks hosted 114 contests in 44 states for the local levels of the competition and selected a winner to represent their bank to compete at the national level. Carlisle attributes Lights, Camera, Save!’s success to the bankers’ efforts in promoting and hosting the contest locally.
 
This year’s contest was sponsored by Discover Debit. To learn more about the contest, visit lightscamerasave.com
 
Note to Editors: View the grand prize announcement video and national finalists: www.youtube.com/user/americanbankersassn.
 
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $16 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans.
 
Through its leadership, partnerships, and national programs, ABA’s Community Engagement Foundation (dba ABA Foundation), a 501(c)3, helps bankers provide financial education to individuals at every age, elevate issues around affordable housing and community development, and achieve corporate social responsibility objectives to improve the well-being of their customers and their communities.
 
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