Connecticut Student Named Grand Prize Winner of Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest

Mar 01, 2011, 14:39 ET from American Bankers Association

National Video Contest Inspires Kids to Save Money

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Imagine creating something that could potentially inspire kids around the country to save money rather than spend it. That's what children across the country did when they entered the Lights, Camera, Save! video contest. [View the grand prize announcement video:]

The national judging panel, comprised of innovators and communication and personal finance experts, awarded Mason Beiter (The First National Bank of Suffield) the grand prize for his video entitled "Lego Your Spending and Start Saving."

"The ABA Education Foundation congratulates Mason on creating a video that communicates the importance of saving in a fun and creative way," said Laura Fisher.  "Mason's message will appeal to youth and adults alike as he explains: 'saving gives you the freedom when you're older to buy things that are important to you.'"

The Lights, Camera, Save! judging panel awarded the national grand prizes as listed below:

Grand Prize Winner ($3,000 U.S. Savings Bond)

Mason Beiter "Lego Your Spending and Start Saving"

The First National Bank of Suffield

2nd Place Winner ($1,500 U.S. Savings Bond)

Andrew Dyke "Save Me"

Wolverine Bank

3rd Place Winner ($500 U.S. Savings Bond)

Cody Lognion "A Better Place to Save"

Cameron State Bank

4th Place Winner (iPod® Touch)

Bryton Stoll "I'd like to Make a Deposit"

United Bank and Trust

Lights, Camera, Save! launched late last year as an offshoot of the ABA Education Foundation's Teach Children to Save program, is a unique competition that encourages youth to use video to communicate the value of saving and inspire others to become lifelong savers. Some 170 banks from 45 states hosted local levels of the competition and selected a winner to represent their bank and compete on the national level.

The parent program, Teach Children to Save, is a national campaign to organize banker volunteers in efforts to educate young people about the importance of developing a lifelong savings habit. This year the program will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Since 1997, it has reached more than 4 million young people with the help of nearly 100,000 banker volunteers, an annual awareness day - Teach Children to Save Day - the Teach Children to Save Web site:, and now the  Lights, Camera, Save! video contest.

For more on the contest, visit and look for the Lights, Camera, Save! icon in the top right corner.

[Note to Editor: View the grand prize announcement video:]

The ABA Education Foundation provides financial education programs and resources that help bankers make their communities better. More than 110,000 bankers have taught basic finance skills to about 4.7 million young people through participation in the Foundation's signature programs, Teach Children to Save and Get Smart About Credit. Founded by bankers in 1925, the foundation is guided by a board of bankers and is an affiliate of the American Bankers Association.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-BANKERS.

SOURCE American Bankers Association