FAYETTEVILLE, Ala. – Students at Fayetteville High School proved that thinking about your finances at an early age pays off.

On Tuesday, FHS students were presented cash prizes from representatives of Renasant Bank for competing in a contest promoting financial literacy through the power of video.

The contest titled “Lights, Camera, Save” through the American Banker Association, required students to make a short video focused on a financial topic. It would be graded on production value, message and creativity.

“This is important because it helps students think about money management skills that will help them build a better future,” said Renasant Bank Sylacauga Branch Manager Donna Brown. “This contest help’s give students the foundation to start saving.”

Schools throughout the area were invited to participate, but only FHS students took the reins.

Renasant Bank awarded three winners cash prizes, and will send the first prize recipient’s video into a national competition where the top prize is $5,000.

Betsy Ray took third prize with her video “73 Questions” which was valued at $125.

Alexis Fanin took home the $250 second prize with “Breaking News.”

The $500 grand prize winner was “Save for College” by Lexi Adair.

“I am so proud of each winner,” said Brown. “They stepped up to the plate and earned it.”

Renasant Bank will enter Adair’s video before tomorrow’s deadline where it will be judged against submissions across the country.

Lisa Beck, Renasant Bank Regional Sales and Service Coordinator, and Russell Scruggs, President, Talladega Market at Renasant Bank, were also present.

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