February 28, 2018

ABA: Virginia Teen Named Grand Prize Winner of National Video Contest

‘Lights, Camera, Save!’ inspires kids and teens to save during America Saves Week

​WASHINGTON—In recognition of America Saves Week, the American Bankers Association Foundation announced today the three national winners for its 2017-2018 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 Dylan Fox of Springfield, Va. the grand prize for his video, “Money: It’s Literally Everything.” Fox was named a national finalist after winning the local contest at Burke & Herbert Bank in Alexandria, Va.
“Through original lyrics and music, Dylan successfully highlights the value of saving and smart money management,” said Corey Carlisle, executive director of the ABA Foundation. “His video will be a fantastic tool in inspiring other students to make saving a priority.”

“We are thrilled for Dylan and are proud to be a part of this major accomplishment. His song is so catchy it stays with you long after the 90 second video ends,” said Terry Cole, executive vice president, Burke & Herbert Bank. “Burke & Herbert Bank is a strong advocate for developing financial literacy among the next generation of banking consumers so our involvement in the ‘Lights, Camera, Save’ program is a natural extension of our ongoing work.”

This was Fox’s second time as a Lights, Camera, Save! finalist. In 2017, his film “$ave Your Future!” was in the top five and featured in the “Savers’ Choice” social media contest. Ultimately, Fox won the social media contest and received a GoPro to encourage future filmmaking.
The Lights, Camera, Save! judging panel awarded the national grand prizes as listed below:
First Place Winner—$5,000
Money: It’s Literally Everything
Dylan Fox (Lake Braddock Secondary, Springfield, Va.)
Burke & Herbert Bank (Alexandria, Va.)
Second Place Winner—$2,500
How A Bill Becomes A Lot
Catie Tomasello (Florida Virtual School, Orlando, Fla.)
Banco do Brasil Americas (Miami, Fla.)
Third Place Winner—$1,000
My Dollar Said Something
Ryan Callister (Tooele High School, Tooele, Utah)
Zions Bank (Salt Lake City, Utah)
The ABA Foundation will also award a scholarship for a teacher from each winning school to attend the 2018 Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Cleveland.

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. This year, 158 banks hosted 174 contests in 45 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.

Note to Editors: View the grand prize announcement video and national finalists: https://youtu.be/4gK51E1Vizw

About the ABA
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $17 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, midsize, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits and extend more than $9 trillion in loans.
 About the ABA Foundation
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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