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Kinecta FCU youth wins 1100 from IGoogolplexI
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (2/19/09)--A 16-year-old member of Kinecta FCU in Manhattan Beach, Calif., is the first grand prize winner in a year’s worth of photo contests offered by C-Note, the high school level of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) online youth periodical, Googolplex.
Click to view larger imageRebecca Lin, age 16, accepts her $1,000 Googolplex grand prize from Kinecta FCU’s Shannon Doiron. Use the link to view her grand prize-winning photo. (Photo provided by CUNA)
Rebecca Lin’s entry, “A Walk in the Park--and Rain,” attracted the most reader votes in the first round of competition (Things I Like to Do for Free) and won $100. In the grand prize round against other $100 winners, Rebecca’s photo again garnered the most votes, and won an additional $1,000. "I'll definitely be saving the money in my Kinecta Youth Account to put toward college," she said. Kinecta Director of E-Commerce and Creative Services Shannon Doiron used the C-Note photo contest to help get young members involved in the credit union. “We’re trying to establish our website as a focal point, a primary communication channel, with more features and dynamic, age-segmented marketing. Googolplex allows us to add topical content regularly without us having to do everything," he said. "If we didn’t provide it, we’d have a lot less activity on our website," Doiron said. "When we pass young members off to Googolplex, they get what we want to give them to make good connections and build relationships for the future.” Other $100 contest winners and finalists for the $1,000 grand prize included:
* Tanya, 16, Heartland CU, St. Paul, Minn.; * Sammi, 14, Dairyland Power CU, La Crosse Wis.; * Alston, 14, First Choice CU, West Palm Beach, Fla.; * Alex, 13, Fox Communities CU, Appleton, Wis.; and * Lauren, 17, Cessna Employees CU, Wichita, Kan.
Googolplex’s "C-Note" photo contests are open to U.S. residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia who are age 13-19 years old at time of entry. March 1 is the deadline for entries in the current contest (I Had to Look Twice) and to vote on finalists for the previous contest (My Hopes for 2009).
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