Auburn’s Song named a national finalist in ABA’s video contest

Yakima Federal Savings and Loan’s Lights, Camera, Save! winner Ryan Song of Auburn has been named a national finalist by the American Bankers Association Foundation.

Song is a student at Buena Vista Seventh-day Adventist School.

Lights, Camera, Save! is an annual video contest that encourages teen participants to produce a short film that communicates the importance of sound money management. Song is one of five students selected to compete for several awards, including a $5,000 grand prize and a scholarship for a teacher at their school to attend the 2020 Jump$tart National Educator Conference.

This year, 142 banks hosted 163 contests in 46 states as a part of Lights, Camera, Save!

In addition to competing for cash awards, Song’s video will be entered in the ABA Foundation’s ‘Savers’ Choice’ social media contest. The contest – which runs Feb. 12-19 on ABA’s Facebook page – will feature the top five Lights, Camera, Save! videos and allow viewers around the world to vote for their favorite entry.

The winner of the “Savers’ Choice” will receive a GoPro camera to encourage future filmmaking.

“All of us at Yakima Federal Savings and Loan are thrilled Ryan is being recognized for finding such a creative and effective way to share valuable savings lessons with his peers,” said Leanne Antonio, CEO. “We hope everyone in Washington will take a few minutes out of their day to support a local student and cast their vote for Ryan as the ‘Savers’ Choice.’ ”

This year’s five finalists are:

Save Your Money and Stay Winning

Michaela Oh (Whitney High School, Rocklin, Calif.)

American Riviera Bank (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Saving: Tips and Tricks for Success

Brogan Thomas (Shawnee Mission West High School, Overland Park, Kan.)

Bank of Blue Valley (Overland Park, Kan.)

The Savings Genie

Sujay Khona (Fairfax Academy, Fairfax, Va.)

Burke & Herbert Bank (Alexandria, Va.)

The Magic of Saving

Catherine Tomasello (HB Plant High School, Tampa, Fla.)

Prime Meridian Bank (Lakeland, Fla.)

Money with Matt and Mike

Ryan Song (Buena Vista Seventh-day Adventist School, Auburn)

Yakima Federal Savings & Loan (Yakima)

To vote for the ‘Savers’ Choice,’ visit ABA’s Facebook page. To learn more about Lights, Camera, Save! visit