C-SPAN Visits Irvine to Honor Local StudentCam Documentary Winners

Published on May 20, 2022


C-SPAN and Cox Communications will join Mayor Farrah N. Khan on Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. PT to honor Sharon Chen and Amber Khauv for their winning entry in C-SPAN's annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam. Chen, an 11th grader at Portola High School, and Khauv, an 11th grader at Orange County School of the Arts, won Third Prize and $750 for the video, The Lasting Impact of Space Travel, and will meet with the Mayor at Irvine City Hall.

The competition, now in its 18th year, invited all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary. C-SPAN, in cooperation with its cable television partners, asked students to explore a federal policy or program and address the theme: "How does the federal government impact your life?"

"This year we asked students to reflect on how a federal program or policy is relevant to their lives and communities," said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN Education Relations. "The winners showcased exceptional research and production values as they wove personal stories with historical or contemporary issues. These middle and high school students far exceeded our expectations, and we are elated to share their hard work with the country."

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, who also support StudentCam. In Irvine, C-SPAN is available locally through Cox Communications.

"Cox is proud to partner with C-SPAN on StudentCam, which encourages students to become engaged, productive citizens and lifelong learners," said Chanelle Hawken, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Communications in California. "Congratulations to Irvine students Sharon and Amber on this honor!”

This year, more than 3,000 students across the country participated in the contest. C-SPAN received over 1,400 entries from 41 states, Washington, D.C., Morocco, and South Korea. The most popular topics addressed were:

  • Environment & Pollution (10%)
  • Health Care & Mental Health (9%)
  • COVID-19 & Recovery (7%)
  • Immigration (5%)
  • 2nd Amendment & Firearm Legislation (4%)

More than 300 students from across the country are winning a total of $100,000. C-SPAN is awarding one grand prize, 4 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. View all 150 winning videos on StudentCam.org.

In Irvine, C-SPAN programming is provided by Cox Communications as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 115; C-SPAN2 on channel 116; and C-SPAN3 on channel 117 and on the web at C-SPAN.org.

Cox Communications is a gold-level Leaders Circle partner of the Greater Irvine Chamber.


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