A Pacific High School student has learned that saving money can pay off in more ways than one and be fun and educational at the same time.

A video on the benefits of saving, created by PHS sophomore Abby Sokeland, is now in the top eight entries in a national high school video contest.

The American Banking Association (ABA) created the competition, “Lights, Camera, Save,” to encourage teens to educate themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely.

“When we saw the details on the contest we wanted Pacific High kids to know about it,” said Al Baldwin, Bank Star president. “We’ve seen a lot of talented kids in the PHS drama and music department.”

Sokeland, a student of Kim Milani’s finance class, submitted her video, “It’s Criminal,” in November 2012.

Sokeland’s 1-minute, 30-second video included four players acting out an attempted robbery at the Bank of Muffin, which illustrated that the robbers would be better off opening an account and saving their money and ending with the tag line, “It’s criminal not to save.”

Bank Star officials said they were “blown away” by the Pacific student’s entry standing in the competition her first time out. The top three finalists will be announced in March.

The first-place entry will earn a $3,000 scholarship for the student who created it and $1,500 for the entrant’s school. Second place will bring $1,500 for the student and $1,000 for the school and the third-place entry will earn $500 for the student and $500 for the school.

The top eight entries can be viewed on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbnaivg6jW9icZ7qR1UIbZVDvbk7QDiyC