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
Rebecca 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.
"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).