ABA: National Judges Set to Select 2016-2017 Saving Star

Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest Accepting Entries through Dec. 1

WASHINGTON – The American Bankers Association Foundation has announced its Lights, Camera, Save! national judging panel, along with the list of 118 participating banks, who will hold 139 contests in 47 states and the District of Columbia through Dec. 1. Contest winners will be announced during America Saves Week on March 1.

The Lights, Camera, Save! video contest is a unique bank-driven competition that encourages teens to create up to a 90-second video that demonstrates the importance of using money wisely and submit the video to their local, participating bank.

“The banking industry’s growing participation in Lights, Camera, Save! demonstrates its commitment to financial education and its investment in future generations,” said Corey Carlisle, executive director of the ABA Foundation. “This contest is a great opportunity to engage students and their peers on the importance of smart money management.”

Banks across the country host the local level of the competition and select a winner to represent their bank and compete on the national level for $5,000, $2,500 or $1,000 toward their savings goal. In addition, one educator from each of the winning schools will win a scholarship to the 2017 Jump$tart Educator Conference. Videos will be judged on their quality, message, content and the criteria set forth by the contest’s official rules. 
The Lights, Camera, Save! national judging panel consists of communication and personal finance experts, including:
  • Janet Bodnar, editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Laura Levine, president and CEO, Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
  • Allie Nault, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2016
  • Scott Rubens, multi-media director, WUSA 9 – Washington, D.C.
  • Steve Sievert, vice president of debit marketing for Discover Financial Services
Bankers interested in participating in the contest can sign up online at aba.com/lightscamerasave. Registered banks will be featured on the list of participating banks on the ABA Foundation website and in press materials. Since 1997, the ABA Foundation’s financial education initiatives have reached over 8.9 million young people with the help of more than 225,000 banker volunteers.