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Lancaster Teen Named Grand Prize Winner in Susquehanna Bank Video Contest
Alison Giella, 1/19/2012

Editor's Note from Susan Richman: It's always great to hear about homeschoolers getting involved in positive and creative activities, especially when they are working as a small team to meet a goal. I hope the following press release encourages your family to look into some unique ways to use your children's strengths and interests. Our warmest congratulations to Zachary and Mitch Blank, and to Elijah and Jude VanHanxleden-- sounds like they've really found a wonderful activity that they love, and that they are enjoying spreading a positive message to others through their unique video productions.


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LITITZ, Pa., January 19, 2012 – What’s the risk of not saving money? Zachary Blank and a few friends provided the answer in a video that won Susquehanna Bank’s Lights, Camera, Save! contest for teens, and their effort is now competing as a finalist in the national contest.

Zach’s video “Saving Matters” was honored as part of the Lights, Camera, Save! video contest organized by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. It is featured on Susquehanna Bank’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/SusquehannaBank. In the contest, students age 13 to 18 submitted 90-second videos about the importance of saving money.

“Saving Matters” shows a boy considering buying a toy tractor, until he imagines what his future may hold if he doesn’t learn to save money as well. Sixteen-year-old Zach made the video with his brother Mitch, as well as Elijah and Jude VanHanxleden.

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Together, they formed Zebrafilm Studios, and they’ve been making videos regularly since the middle of 2011. Their videos can be seen at www.youtube.com/zebrafilmstudios.

“We usually like to plan out some absurd storyline, shoot it together, and then relax and edit it afterwards. Once we're done, we put it up on our website, Youtube, and Facebook,” Zach said. “We believe that videos can be funny, entertaining, and clever without being crude, inappropriate, or violent.”

Susquehanna Bank’s judges selected “Saving Matters” as the Grand Prize winner in its contest and forwarded it to the ABA Education Foundation. There, it was selected as one of 12 finalists out of submissions by 175 banks that are participating in the national Lights, Camera, Save! video contest. National winners will be announced in March 2012.

“Zach’s video uses humor to make a serious point: if you don’t start saving for the future now, there could be consequences,” said Steve Trapnell, Susquehanna Bank’s Corporate Communications Manager. “This video can help to educate children and teens about financial issues so they can become better consumers, savers and investors.” 

Zach and Mitch Blank live in Lancaster, and Elijah and Jude VanHanxleden live in Manheim. All are homeschooled students.

Susquehanna Bank operates 240 branches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., a financial services holding company with assets of approximately $15 billion. Through Susquehanna Wealth Management, the company also offers investment, fiduciary, brokerage, insurance, retirement planning, and private banking services. Susquehanna also operates an insurance brokerage and employee benefits company, a commercialfinance company and a vehicle leasing company. For more information, pleasevisit www.susquehanna.net.

The Lights, Camera, Save! video contest is one of several components of the ABA Education Foundation’s Teach Children to Save program, a national campaign that organizes banker volunteers to educate young people about the importance of developing a lifelong savings habit. Since 1997, the campaign has reached more than 4 million young people with the help of some 100,000 banker volunteers, an annual awareness day --Teach Children to Save Day -- and the Teach Children to Save Web site:www.teachchildrentosave.com.  


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