A Springfield teen won the top prize and $5,000 in a national video contest that encourages young people to save money.
Dylan Fox, a student at Lake Braddock Secondary School, previously won the local contest for his video “Money: It’s Literally Everything,” and the American Bankers Association Foundation announced Thursday that his video won the top prize nationally in the 2017-18 Lights, Camera, Save! contest.
“Through original lyrics and music, Dylan successfully highlights the value of saving and smart money management,” said Corey Carlisle, executive director of the ABA Foundation. “His video will be a fantastic tool in inspiring other students to make saving a priority.”
The local contest was presented by Burke & Herbert Bank in Alexandria.
“We are thrilled for Dylan and are proud to be a part of this major accomplishment. His song is so catchy it stays with you long after the 90 second video ends,” said Terry Cole, executive vice president, Burke & Herbert Bank. “Burke & Herbert Bank is a strong advocate for developing financial literacy among the next generation of banking consumers so our involvement in the ‘Lights, Camera, Save’ program is a natural extension of our ongoing work.”
This was Fox’s second time as a Lights, Camera, Save! finalist. In 2017, his film “$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 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.