StudentCam - 2020 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. This year students in grades 6-12 were asked to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme, "What's Your Vision in 2020? Explore the issue you most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign."

12th grade student Ella Grace Rodriguez from Winter Park High School in Florida won 2nd Prize in the High School East division for her documentary on political rhetoric in the presidential campaign, "Infected: Logical Fallacies in Political Discourse".

Entering university next year, Ella Grace plans to major in something connected to journalism and/or political science, partly due to her experience creating short documentaries for the StudentCam competition.

"I would like to thank those who have made this competition possible because it has really positively impacted my life. Not only has it changed my outlook on learning for the better, but also taught me to work collaboratively with others." - Ella Grace Rodriguez

Ella Grace has participated and won awards in each of the past three years of the StudentCam competition. Her documentaries from the 2018 and 2019 competitions can be viewed below: C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable and satellite television companies, who also support StudentCam. In Winter Park, C-SPAN is available locally through Spectrum.

"Spectrum is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work through educational programs like StudentCam,” said Adam Falk, Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs for Charter Communications, Inc. "We are proud of this partnership with C-SPAN that encourages students to think critically about the issues that affect our country and local community. Congratulations Ella Grace on the creativity demonstrated in your excellent work.”

More Information

Ella Grace will receive $1,500 as one of this year's 2nd Prize winning filmmakers

Ella Grace interviews Nick Shannin, Attorney for the Orange County Supervisor of Elections

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings - Congratulatory Message

FL State Senator Linda Stewart - Congratulatory Message

Lowndes Law Shareholder Tara Tedrow - Congratulatory Message

Rep. Anna Eskamani - Congratulatory Message

Rep. Stephanie Murphy - Congratulatory Letter