Burke & Herbert Bank Announces 'Lights, Camera, Save!' Winner
Alexandria Teen Advances to National Video Competition
Alexandria, VA – Jackson J. Harvey, a student at West Potomac Academy in Alexandria, will advance to the American Bankers Association's (ABA's) national competition, "Lights, Camera, Save!" His video, "A Squirrel's Guide to Saving," was selected by a panel of local experts as the Burke & Herbert Bank preliminary-round winner. The winning video takes a creative and entertaining approach to promoting the value of saving to other teens.
The ABA Lights, Camera, Save! video contest challenged students, ages 13-18, across the nation to submit a 90-second video that would inspire other teens to use money wisely and promote the value of saving. As a Virginia participating bank, Burke & Herbert Bank was responsible for accepting and judging entries across the state. The Bank received entries from three different school districts.
"At Burke & Herbert Bank, we are long-time supporters of financial literacy. We promote the importance of developing good saving habits early in life through our programs and products, so the Lights, Camera, Save! video contest is a great match for our bank," commented Terry Cole, Senior Vice President at Burke & Herbert Bank and one of the judges. "We're hoping that as the program builds awareness, more schools and their students will participate. What better way to increase financial literacy among young people than by getting them involved in crafting the message."
The Bank will recognize Jackson's creative work with a $350 gift card. His TV production teacher, Ms. Nancy Mantelli, also will be awarded a $100 gift card for her support. "Telling kids that saving money is important tends to fall on deaf ears. But having them research the topic of saving, write a script about it, and then film it and edit it drives the point home in a way that words never could," commented Ms. Mantelli.
Burke & Herbert Bank's judging team consisted of Patti North, Chair, Alexandria Film Festival; Greg Hamilton, President and Publisher, Arlington Magazine; Diego Wilson, Administrator, Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts; and the Bank's Marketing Director, Terry Cole.
As the Burke & Herbert Bank preliminary-round winner, Jackson and his video will advance to the national competition. Students in the national competition can win $1,000, $2,500 or the grand prize of $5,000, plus a scholarship for an educator from their school to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference. Winners will be announced during America Saves Week in February, 2016.
Lucas Codispoti, a student at Gunston Middle School in Arlington, was selected as the runner-up for his video, Everyone Has A Reason to Save." He will receive a $100 gift card from Burke & Herbert Bank. His teacher, Harry Costner, will receive a $50 gift card for his support. Emmanuel Tamrat from Alexandria will receive a $25 gift card for the third-place finish of his video, "It Pays to Budget."
Since 1997, the ABA's financial education programs have reached some 7.2 million young people with the help of more than 210,000 banker volunteers. Learn more about the contest at lightscamerasave.com.
Burke & Herbert Bank, established in 1852, is the oldest bank in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the oldest continuously operating bank in the Washington, D.C. area. The Bank offers a full range of personal and business banking products and services designed to meet customers’ banking, borrowing, and investing needs. Burke & Herbert Bank is headquartered in Alexandria and operates 25 branches in Northern Virginia.
Pictured above: LightsCameraSave! Regional Video Contest winner Jackson J. Harvey and his TV production teacher, Nancy Mantelli.