C-SPAN To Visit Contra Costa School, Honor Student Documentary Winners

BRENTWOOD, CA — C-SPAN will visit Heritage High School in Brentwood next week to honor three students for their prize-winning entry in C-SPAN’s annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam.

Heritage High School seniors Matthew Schnaider, Kyan Wai and Amy Ordaz won an honorable mention and $250 for their video, “FDA Regulation.”

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, C-SPAN and Comcast representatives will join the community in recognizing the winning students at an assembly of classmates, teachers, family members and elected officials.

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While in the Bay Area next week, C-SPAN will also visit winners at Menlo School in Atherton, Mountain View High School in Mountain View, Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, and Isaac Graham Newton School in Mountain View.

Menlo School senior Alexander Boesch and junior Oliver Boesch won an honorable mention and $250 for their video,”Why Affordable Housing is so Difficult in California”

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Mountain View High School sophomore Rani Sindledecker won second prize and $1,500 for the video, “Mentally Educated”

Palo Alto High School sophomores Brendan Giang, Emily Tang and Max Reiter won first prize and $3,000 for their video, “Threads of Change” on the impact of fast fashion.

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These Palo Alto High School juniors each won an honorable mention and $250:

Isaac Graham Newton Middle School eighth-grader Meital Zayats won first prize and $3,000 for the video, “Beyond Just Sc-Fi: AI Reshaping America’s Tomorrow.”

The Bay Area students were among 3,200 nationwide who participated in this year’s contest. C-SPAN received over 1,600 entries from 42 states and Washington, D.C.

C-SPAN is a commercial-free public service funded by America’s cable television companies. In the Bay Area, C-SPAN is available locally through Comcast. C-SPAN and its cable partners celebrated the 20th anniversary of the StudentCam competition by asking students to address the theme, “Looking Forward while Considering the Past.”

“In recognition of the 20th anniversary of C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition, this year we asked students to either look 20 years into the future or to reflect on a topic of importance to them and its past,” said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN Education Relations. “Students have skillfully blended their perspectives with in-depth research and an array of expert interviews, and we are thrilled to share their accomplishments with their local communities, and the nation.”

C-SPAN is awarding one grand prize, four first prizes, 16 second prizes, 32 third prizes and 97 honorable mention prizes. These winning videos will receive cash awards of $5,000, $3,000, $1,500, $750 and $250, respectively. That’s a total of $150,000 in prizes.

In the last two decades, over 63,000 students and 20,000 teachers have participated in the StudentCam competition and C-SPAN has awarded over $1.5 million in prizes.

“For two decades, StudentCam has served as a catalyst for inspiring young minds to think critically about issues that are important to them and we at Comcast are proud to be a part of that legacy,” said Beth Hester, external affairs vice president, Comcast, California Region. “We congratulate these talented students on this outstanding achievement in the 2024 competition.”

See the winning videos from this year’s competition at StudentCam.org.

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