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June 8, 2023   •   News  

SAFE Unveils High School 2023 Sticker Contest Winners

Folsom, Calif. (June 6, 2023) – SAFE Credit Union is showcasing the talents of three area teens whose artwork will depict the credit union’s new 2023 collectible stickers.

SAFE will distribute the decals in all of its branches in July.

The winners of the sticker contest are San Juan High School graduating senior Brooklyn Wagner, El Camino Fundamental High School junior Payton West, and El Camino Fundamental High School sophomore Asiya Mamond.

The three winning designs showcase unique interpretations of what motivates each budding artist.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see the artwork submitted for this contest,” says SAFE Credit Union Vice President of Marketing Amber DiBernardo. “We asked each student to show us ‘What Motivates YOU?’ and they answered through their art two-fold.”

SAFE Credit Union Vice President of Marketing Amber DiBernardo

SAFE Credit Union Vice President of Marketing Amber DiBernardo

The contest, kicked off in April to celebrate Financial Literacy Month, asked students to explore what motivates them to make good financial decisions with their families for today and in the future.

First-place winner Wagner’s intricate collage intertwines the careers of her family members, who she says impact her choices and her community. Wagner’s father works for the U.S. Postal Service, both her mom and sister work in healthcare, and her mentor is a counselor.

First-place sticker winning art by San Juan High School student Brooklyn Wagner

First-place sticker winning art by San Juan High School student Brooklyn Wagner

“I wanted them to be represented in my art and within the community. They are very important people to me,” says Wagner, who graduates this week. “Art is very important to me as well, and I hope to continue this passion." Wagner is attending Sacramento State University in the fall where she plans to pursue a degree in STEM.

For second-place winner West, her mandala, or geometric, inspired design of a set of headphones represents a love of music.

Second-place winning sticker by El Camino Fundamental High School student Payton West

Second-place winning sticker by El Camino Fundamental High School student Payton West

“No matter what I'm doing, music motivates me to do that thing in the moment and do it to the best of my ability,” West says. “And because I don't know how to play any instruments, my headphones are my gateway to music.”

Third-place winner Mamond created a colorful, circular henna design to represent her personal beliefs and heritage. She notes henna, a temporary tattoo art form originating in Indian and Middle Eastern communities, is often used for special occasions.

“Henna symbolizes good health and prosperity in marriage. That's why we do henna for brides in weddings,” says Mamond, who often does henna designs during such special occasions. “Henna is very close to me – I get compliments from people, which always makes me feel special and makes me an expert.”

 

Second-place winning sticker by El Camino Fundamental High School student Payton West

Third-place winning sticker by El Camino Fundamental High School student Asiya Mamond

First-place, second-place and third-place winners were awarded $500, $300, and $100 SAFE Visa® Gift Cards, respectively.

For more information email [email protected].

About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with $4.5 billion in assets and about 234,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person services for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA. www.safecu.org

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