Treasure Valley students are finalists in Zions Bank video contest

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 (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.


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