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Gary Jones (right) with Live Oak High School in Watson, La., and Live Oak students show off their trophy and $1,500 award from the $1 billion, Baton Rouge, La.-based Neighbors Federal Credit Union. Neighbors recently hosted an online tournament, intended to raise awareness for its Mascot Checking program that has provided more than $163,000 for local schools, with its 15 Mascot schools. Live Oak won for the second consecutive year with 702 votes. Throughout the tournament, Neighbors posted links to polls on its blog, shared them on social media and encouraged participating schools to lobby for as many votes as possible. Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge came in second with 492 votes, and received $500.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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