Easthampton High School students produce winning videos about personal finances

Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2014
EASTHAMPTON — For his entry in a video contest hosted by Easthampton Savings Bank, Ryan Fleury, 15, decided to film his older brother giving him advice about saving and spending.

Fleury, a ninth-grader at Easthampton High School, won first place in this year’s “Lights, Camera Save!” contest at the school. He received a prize of $250 and automatic entry in a national video competition hosted Feb. 26 by the American Bankers Association.

Three of Fleury’s classmates — all ninth-graders at EHS — also won prizes in the contest at the high school, which drew a total of 24 students this year. Veronica Hing, 14, won second place, earning $100 for her animated video using a tortoise and a hare to represent money-saving habits. Ella Smith and Morgan Page-Lacoff, both 14, won third place, a $75 prize, for their video contrasting the experiences of a saver and a spender.

All four students are enrolled in Eileen Claveloux’s multimedia class at EHS.

“The students did an amazing job,” Claveloux said a statement announcing the winners. “They had to come up with innovative ways to convince their peers to save money.”

This is the second year that Easthampton Savings Bank has hosted a local video contest at EHS. Tom Brown, the bank’s senior vice president of retail banking, said next year’s contest will be open to entries from all interested area teens.

To compete in “Lights, Camera, Save!” students must be between 13 to 18 and submit videos of 90 seconds or less that communicate the values of saving and smart money management.

The contest is part of the American Bankers Association’s Teach Children to Save campaign, founded in 1997. This year, 119 banks participated nationwide by judging local video contests and submitting winners to the nationals.