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?"

The team of 10th grade student Asher Anantham from Montgomery Blair High School, Alana Anantham from Westland Middle School, and Zarina Aronson from Green Acres School in Maryland won 2nd Prize for their documentary, "The Dark Side of Pet Breeding" As 2nd Prize winners, the team will receive $1,500 in prize money.

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable and satellite television companies, who also support StudentCam. In Montgomery County, Maryland, C-SPAN is available locally through Comcast.

"It is truly an inspiration to hear young voices tackle important issues in such creative and thoughtful ways," said Misty Allen, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Comcast’s Beltway Region. "Comcast is proud to once again partner with C-SPAN for its StudentCam competition and help recognize Asher, Alana, and Zarina on their outstanding achievement."

More Information:
WATCH: The Dark Side of Pet Breeding by Asher Anantham, Alana Anantham, & Zarina Aronson

Congratulatory Message - Author and Animal Law Attorney Bruce Wagman

Congratulatory Message - Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History Postdoctoral Researcher Audrey Lin

Certificate of Special Recognition - Senator Ben Cardin

As 2nd Prize winners, Zarina, Asher, and Alana will receive $1,500 for their work

Certificate of Special Recognition for Asher and Alana - Montgomery County Council President Evan Glass

Certificate of Special Recognition for Zarina - Montgomery County Council President Evan Glass

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