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Googolplex grand prize photo award goes to AA CU member
FORT WORTH, Texas (3/7/11)--A 14-year-old member of American Airlines FCU (AA CU) is this year's winner of the Googolplex Grand Prize photo contest. The member, Kenna of Tacoma, Wash., submitted her winning photo "Dandelion Wishes" in the "True Friends" theme. Describing the photo, she said she and her best friend "planned to take a photo of blowing wish-weeds, but she could never blow hard enough to get her seeds off the stem." Kenna captured the moment, adding, "All of my seeds were floating in the air and hers didn't go anywhere." Googolplex, a Credit Union National Association (CUNA) lifestage online magazine for youth, comprises three customizable sizes for elementary, middle and high school students. It offers a themed photo contest for the high school site, C-Note, which culminates with a $1,000 grand prize every year. Kenna submitted her photo through AA CU, which offers its young members resources and advice about how best to learn and plan their finances. "Teaching our younger member-owners the importance of financial responsibility is crucial to our future and we're glad to see Kenna has a strong financial base with which to begin planning for her own future," said AA CU President/CEO Angie Owens. CUNA's editors choose contest themes based on suggestions from a nationwide teen panel of student editors. C-Note invites photo entries by publicizing the contest in subscriber e-mails and on the front page of C-Note. Every seven weeks a contestant wins $100. Once a year, all winning photos from the past 12 months are open to a public vote. The winner receives $1,000. "The current C-Note photo contest theme is 'Messy Rooms.' This should be an easy theme for anyone, regardless of age," said Rena Crispin, managing editor of Googolplex


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