Press Release

Local Student’s Video Wins Award from FNBT

Release date: 1/31/2017

Beloit, WI, - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) recently recognized Makayla Barker from Roscoe, Illinois as the first-round local winner in the “Lights, Camera, Save!” national video contest presented by the American Banking Association (ABA).

With rising college student loans, it is more important than ever for teens to be financially fit. How much do today’s teens know about using money wisely? FNBT’s participation in the Lights, Camera, Save! national video contests hopes to bring more knowledge of saving to the Stateline area. “Lights, Camera, Save! Empowers young adults to use video in communicating the value of saving and inspire others to become smart money managers,” explained Theresa Wendhausen, branding and communications officer for FNBT. 

2016 Video Award WinnerFNBT selected Makayla Barker’s video as the local winner, and her video has been sent on to compete at the national level. Makayla’s video teaches viewers that if they open a savings account and put away money from each paycheck, they will save enough money to buy a car. Gail Daer, branch manager of FNBT’s Roscoe office presented Makayla with a $100 gift card. The national winners will be announced in late February. 

To view the local winning video “Recipe to Money Management,” visit

First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-owned, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust Company now serves nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.1 billion.  Commitment to full service banking, investments, asset management, exceptional service, and Sound Advice has positioned First National Bank and Trust Company as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit