Several videos produced by Treasure Valley students are in the running to win a $1,000 cash prize in Zions Bank’s “Financialize a Film” video contest that promotes making good financial choices.
The six videos are posted online for a public vote along with seven other submissions from Idaho middle and high school students, which were chosen from a pool of more than 30 entries.
The makers of the video that receives the most votes will win the $1,000 cash prize, plus a $1,000 matching award for their school. Second and third place winners will receive $500 and $250, respectively, plus matching awards for their schools.
Voting is open until March 31 on Zions Bank’s Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/zionsbank (click on the “Vote Now!” tab). Winners will be announced the week of April 1.
Here’s a look at the finalists:
From Timberline High School in Boise: Ashlyn Heubach and Austin Heindel’s “Financialize the Future” video shows a young girl who saves some of her allowance every week, eventually stockpiling enough funds to pay for college and purchase a first home. The film ends with her teaching the thrifty ways she learned from her mother to her own son.
From Kuna High School: Derek Sulek’s “Where’s My Car?” video — which also stars Caleb Jackson and Dakota Jerns — shows a young man who allows his friend to borrow his car, only to find that the friend sells both the car and his house in order to purchase a new, luxury sports car. The film proposes an alternative: “If you go to Zions Bank, you don’t need to sell your car or your house to get a nice car like this.”
From Lewis & Clark Middle School in Meridian: In “Saving for Spring Break with Zions Bank,” Koby Wheeler and Josh White show how to save for a trip to Hawaii by doing odd jobs like housecleaning and by skipping small indulgences like coffee drinks. The film ends with a young man relaxing in a tropical paradise.
From Eagle High School: Connor Williams, a sophomore and last year’s grand prize winner, created “Currency Flow,” in which he raps about saving for college and dreaming about bankrolls. In a comic turn, he attempts to deposit the giant presentation check he received last year after winning the contest.
From Middleton High School: “Making Smart Money Decisions” was created by Chelsea Reese, Kristina Schilling, Holli Demarse and Beka Westrup. The 60-second video follows Alice, who — with help from Zions Bank — learns how to cure her spending problem and pay for her car.
From Columbia High School in Nampa: Tasha Hodge and Regan Lietz created the video “Saving Over the Years,” which illustrates that the most important things in life are worth saving for. The film artfully tracks a child from age 3, playing with a toy truck, to age 16 when he buys his first car, to age 40 when he saves enough to purchase a brand new pickup truck.