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Local Student Filmmaker Needs Your Votes! His Original Movie About Saving Money is Eligible for National Win.

Burke & Herbert Bank’s Lights, Camera, Save! regional winner, Sujay Khona of Fairfax, has been named a national finalist!

Sujay Khona with his teacher Matthew Balthrop. (Photo: Burke and Herbert Bank)

Alexandria, VA — Burke & Herbert Bank’s Lights, Camera, Save! regional winner, Sujay Khona of Fairfax, has been named a national finalist by the American Bankers Association Foundation.

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.

Khona, a student at Fairfax Academy, is one of five teens 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, Khona’s video will be entered in the ABA Foundation’s ‘Savers’ Choice’ social media contest. The contest – which runs from February  12 through February 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 Burke & Herbert Bank are thrilled Sujay is being recognized for finding such a creative and effective way to share valuable savings lessons with his peers,” said Executive Vice President Terry Cole. “We hope everyone in the Northern Virginia community will take a few minutes out of their day to support a local student and cast their vote for Sujay and his video “The Savings Genie” as the ‘Savers’ Choice.’”

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

Burke & Herbert Bank, established in 1852, is the oldest bank in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the oldest continuously operating bank in the Washington, D.C. area. The Bank offers a full range of personal and business banking products and services designed to meet customers’ banking, borrowing, and investing needs. Burke & Herbert Bank is headquartered in Alexandria and operates 25 branches in Northern Virginia. Member FDIC  

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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