StudentCam Prize Winners

StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. 2023 marked the 19th year of the competition and we invited middle and high school students to create a short documentary addressing the theme: "If you were a newly elected member of Congress, which issue would be your first priority and why?"

9th grade students Townsend Kato, Jeremiah Estrada-Ramos, & Jacob Churchill from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California won 2nd Prize for their documentary on affordable housing, "Reviving the American Dream." As 2nd Prize winners, duo will receive $1,500 in prize money.

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable and satellite television companies, who also support StudentCam. In Long Beach, C-SPAN is available locally through Spectrum.

"“At Spectrum, we understand the importance of investing in programs that make a meaningful impact in the communities we serve,” said Adam Falk, Senior Vice President of State Government Affairs for Charter Communications, which operates the Spectrum brand of connectivity services. “By encouraging young adults to explore important issues through video, C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition helps empower future generations to become active and informed citizens. We congratulate Jacob, Townsend and Jeremiah for the exemplary production skills and the passion and creativity they demonstrated through their winning documentary.”

More Information:
WATCH: Reviving the American Dream by Townsend Kato, Jeremiah Estrada-Ramos, & Jacob Churchill

Congratulatory Message - Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson

Congratulatory Message - Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Jill Baker

Congratulatory Message - Long Beach Unified School District School Board President Diana Craighead

Certificate of Achievement - CSU Director of Basic Needs Danielle Munoz

C-SPAN Founder Brian Lamb and co-President Susan Swain present the team with a Certificate of Special Recognition

As 2nd Prize winners, Jacob, Townsend, & Jeremiah will receive $1,500 for their work