VOTE: Eight Teens Named National Finalists in ABA Foundation Video Contest

Date: March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eight teens from across the country have been selected as finalists in the American Bankers Association Foundation’s 11th annual Lights, Camera, Save! video contest. Lights, Camera, Save! is a national competition that encourages teens ages 13-18 to educate their peers on the value of saving money in a 30-second video. This year, 117 banks across the country hosted 133 contests in 47 states.

The national finalists will face off in a bracket-style tournament hosted on ABA’s Instagram page from Mar. 23 to Mar. 25. The creator of the winning video will receive a grand prize of $5,000, while the second-place winner will take home $2,000, and the third and fourth place winners will collect $1,000 each.

This year’s finalists include:

The Savings Show!
Amelyse Wong (La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Calif.)
American Riviera Bank, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Keep Your Bread Up
Christian Thomas (West Potomac High School, Alexandria, Va.)
Burke & Herbert Bank, Alexandria, Va.

Budgeting – The Piggy Meal
Alicia Chiang (Whitney High School, Rocklin, Calif.)
Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Coins Are Magical
Chris Coleman (Marymount Manhattan College, New York, N.Y.)
Manasquan Bank, Brick Township, N.J.

Leonardo Cross (High School of Art and Design, New York, N.Y.)
Ridgewood Savings Bank, New York, N.Y.

Budget Rap

Brad Kendrick (Green Canyon High School, North Logan, Utah)

State Bank of Southern Utah, Cedar City, Utah

The Budgeteer’s Beat
Daniel Wang (Health Careers High School, San Antonio, Texas)
The First National Bank of Shiner, Shiner, Texas

Futuristic Savings
Craig Carpenter (Lancaster High School, Lancaster, Ohio)
The Park National Bank, Lancaster, Ohio

“Despite the disruption in schools during the pandemic, banks continue to seek innovative ways to engage and promote effective financial education,” said Corey Carlisle, executive director of the ABA Foundation. “It’s critically important to reach teens and young adults early and often, and we believe this year’s finalists do a fantastic job of communicating the importance of financial health in a concise and engaging format.”

This year’s contest is sponsored by VantageScore Solutions whose highly predictive credit scoring models provide lenders and consumers with more inclusive and consistent credit scores across all three major credit reporting companies.

“It’s never too early to build healthy financial habits,” said Barrett Burns, president and CEO at VantageScore® Solutions. “We’re so impressed by the creativity and knowledge that these eight students demonstrate through their videos. Congratulations to all eight finalists! Our hope is that their videos serve to educate millions of their peers about the value of financial literacy.”

Since 1997, the ABA Foundation’s financial education initiatives have reached 11.1 million young people with the help of more than 350,000 banker volunteers. The Foundation’s other financial education programs include Get Smart About Credit, Teach Children to Save and Safe Banking for Seniors. The programs are provided at no cost to ABA members and non-members.


Visit ABA’s Instagram account each day March 23-25 to cast your vote in this personal finance bracket style tournament. When on the Instagram platform your votes can be cast by clicking on the ABA profile picture and viewing the story poll. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 26.

Additionally here is the bracket timeline for voting

  • Bracket 1 - 9am on March 23-24, the first round gets the 8 finalist down to 4.
  • Bracket 2 - 10am on March 24-25, the second round takes 4 videos to two. Note the videos eliminated in this round will each receive $1000.
  • Bracket 3 - 11am on March 25-26, the third and final round at the close of this round the winner receives $5k and the second place video receives $2k.

About the American Bankers Association
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $21.2 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $17 trillion in deposits and extend nearly $11 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, including disaster relief, and achieve corporate social responsibility objectives to improve the well-being of their customers and their communities.