THE BANK OF MARION’S “LIGHTS, CAMERA, SAVE!” WINNER

Ava Lazar is wise beyond her years when it comes to financial matters and she is $250 richer because of it. The 13-year old, 8th grade student is the local winner in The Bank of Marion’s Lights, Camera, Save! video contest.

Photo of Ava Lazar, Pete Mowbray & Chris Snodgrass with the award check of $250Dr. Perry “Pete” Mowbray, Chairman of The Bank of Marion’s Board of Directors, left, and Chris Snodgrass, The Bank of Marion’s Chief Financial Officer, right, present Ava Lazar with her winner’s prize in The Bank’s Lights, Camera, Save! video contest.


The annual Lights, Camera, Save! video competition encourages teens to educate themselves and their peers about the value of saving money and using it wisely. Students produce educational videos and submit them to local banks for judging. Local winners move on to the national competition. The Bank of Marion, an ABA member, has participated in the competition for several years. This year, 158 banks hosted 174 Lights, Camera, Save! contests in 45 states.

“Ava Lazar’s entry was outstanding in both creativity and messaging,” said Chris Snodgrass, The Bank of Marion’s Chief Financial Officer. “Ava played dual roles in her video, depicting teenage sisters, one who saved her money and one who didn’t. She used humor and real-life examples to show how teens can benefit from saving their money for important purchases.

Mr. Snodgrass and Dr. Perry “Pete” Mowbray, Chairman of The Bank of Marion’s Board of Directors, presented Ava with her local winner’s check at a recent meeting of the board.

 Ava’s winning video can be viewed here.

Although Ava’s video did not win a national award, she is to be commended for finishing in the top five of all contestants throughout the entire country!

 “All of us at The Bank of Marion are thrilled that Ava’s video is being recognized for finding such a creative and effective way to share valuable savings lessons with her peers,” Dr. Mowbray said.

Ava Lazar standing in fron of the Bank of Marion with a big check.