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Elizabethtown High School Junior Lamar Brubaker Named 1st Runner-Up In Susquehanna Bank Teen Video Contest

Dec 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Lamar BrubakerLITITZ, Pa., December 19, 2011 (submitted by Susquehanna Bank)– At age 16, aspiring filmmaker Lamar Brubaker has launched his own company and gained experience filming music videos, as well as testimonials and highlight videos for his church. Now, he’s been honored as 1st runner-up in a video contest for teens sponsored by Susquehanna Bank.

Lamar’s film “Saving Is Worth It!” was honored as part of the Lights, Camera, Save! video contest organized by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. It is featured on Susquehanna Bank’s YouTube channel at this location. In the contest, students age 13 to 18 submitted 90-second videos about the importance of saving money.

Lamar’s interest in video and film production blossomed about a year ago. He said his original artistic inspiration came from his mother, Luann Brubaker, who passed away in October 2010. She was a painter, and he grew up with her works decorating the house. Lamar’s father Don, his family, and local filmmaker Steve Strickler have encouraged his interest in film.

“All credit goes to them for helping me to find a talent I didn’t know I had,” said Lamar, who lives in Bainbridge.

His video “Saving Is Worth It!” features a fellow student explaining tips about how small purchases can add up, and how money can be saved instead. It also illustrates how savings can be used for a goal such as a down payment for a car, which reduces the amount of money spent on a car loan over the long term.

“Making this video was a great learning experience, and it taught me a lot about the importance of pre-production, scriptwriting, and timing,” Lamar said. A junior at Elizabethtown High School, he has created Innovative Motion Films. “I have learned how to work with real-world clients, including the business aspects of video production from advertisement through budgeting the video projects.”

“Lamar’s video does a great job of showing examples about saving that students can relate to,” said Steve Trapnell, Susquehanna Bank’s Corporate Communications Manager. “This video can help to educate children and teens about financial issues so they can become better consumers, savers and investors.”

Susquehanna Bank operates 240 branches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., a financial services holding company with assets of approximately $15 billion. Through Susquehanna Wealth Management, the company also offers investment, fiduciary, brokerage, insurance, retirement planning, and private banking services. Susquehanna also operates an insurance brokerage and employee benefits company, a commercial finance company and a vehicle leasing company.

The Lights, Camera, Save! video contest is one of several components of the ABA Education Foundation’s Teach Children to Save program, a national campaign that organizes banker volunteers to educate young people about the importance of developing a lifelong savings habit. Since 1997, the campaign has reached more than 4 million young people with the help of some 100,000 banker volunteers, an annual awareness day — Teach Children to Save Day — and the Teach Children to Save Web site: can be found here.

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  1. Lamar is a very talented young man who has produced a video for my company. I am proud to see that he has been named 1st runner up in your contest. Thank you for giving young people an outlet to fulfill dreams.

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