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UPR-Río Piedras students win Bankers Assoc. contest

Brandom Cruz-González, at podium, is one of the three UPR students who won this year's video competition.

Brandom Cruz-González, at podium, is one of the three UPR students who won this year’s video competition.

A trio of students representing the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras won this year’s edition of the Financial Awareness Video Contest sponsored by the Puerto Rico Bankers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

A total of 99 students from about 14 universities participated in the 7th edition of the contest in which 29, 30-second videos were presented, exploring the topic of commercial credit.

Brandom Cruz-González, Wensi Pierre-Natera and Gabriel S. Rivera-Vázquez of the UPR created the winning video entitled “Don’t abandon your ideas.” Second place went to the “Imagine your doggy burgers” video, prepared by José Ducos–García, Jann Jerez-Rivera, and Milton Vélez, students at Sacred Heart University. Meanwhile, third place went to the “Your bank will give you credit” produced by Juan Tomás López, Juan Antonio Rivera and Yeselika Mari Rivera, from the Inter American University, Aguadilla campus.

The “People’s Choice” award was granted to the “Show the entrepreneur in you” video, created by students Dayanne Meléndez-Rosario, Nashmia M. Samrah-Miranda, and Raul A. Samrah-Miranda, from the UPR-Bayamón.

The first place winners each received a prize of $700 and rount-trip tickets to New York. Second place granted $700 to each member of the group and the third place was awarded a prize of $500 per participant. The winners of the “People’s Choice” award will be invited to a dinner with contest sponsors.

The Financial Awareness Video Contest is aimed at university students between the ages of 17-33. Participants and winners of videos can be viewed through the Bankers Association YouTube channel.

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Business reporter with 29 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

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