For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) congratulated Sarah Vasquez and Ramiro Rubio, seniors at Uvalde High School in Uvalde, Texas, for winning Honorable Mention in C-SPAN’s national 2014 StudentCam competition. The students will receive $250 for their documentary, “A Message to the U.S. Congress: Cyber Security in the year 2014,” about cyber security.
“I congratulate Sarah and Ramiro for shedding light on a critical issue – cybersecurity – and for their desire to inform Congress how important it is to our country’s safety and continued security,” U.S. Rep. Gallego said. “I am so proud that Sarah and Ramiro took the initiative to participate in the program and remain committed to helping all students in 23rd District of Texas reach their educational and career goals. C-SPAN Classroom is also doing its part to empower and educate bright young minds across southwest Texas.”
This year, students were asked to answer the question, “What’s the most important issue the U.S Congress should consider in 2014?” In response, C-SPAN received 2,355 video submissions from more than 4,800 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C.
“StudentCam serves as a yearly reminder that young people are not only passionate about issues of national significance, but their ideas and opinions are also worthy of our consideration,” said Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN Manager of Education Relations.
“The level of critical thought, effort, and initiative that students have demonstrated in creating their documentaries is inspiring, and we are thrilled to share this year’s winning videos with both Congress and the public.”
Documentaries were judged by a panel of C-SPAN education representatives and evaluated based on the thoughtful examination of the competition’s theme, quality of expression, inclusion of varying sides of the documentary’s topic, and effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming.
For the 2014 competition, the top three most popular documentary topics were:
- Economic issues (poverty, unemployment, national debt)
- Gun Legislation
C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, which support StudentCam. In Uvalde, C-SPAN is available locally through Time Warner Cable.
“Education is a crucial component to Time Warner Cable’s mission and we are proud to partner with C-SPAN on their annual StudentCam competition. This year, we are excited to congratulate our local winners, Sarah Vasquez and Ramiro Rubio, on their winning documentary, where they passionately shared their message with Congress and showed their interest in politics and what Congress can do to address the issues that interest them,” said Brad Wakely, area Vice President of Operations for Time Warner Cable in South Texas.
Sarah and Ramiro are among 328 students from across the country winning a total of $100,000, including one Grand Prize winner, four First Prize winners, 16 Second Prize winners, 32 Third Prize winners and 97 Honorable Mentions. The 150 winning videos may be viewed at http://www.studentcam.org/winners14.htm.
This winning video may be used in a broadcast news story with attribution to C-SPAN. To schedule an interview with the students or with C-SPAN education relations staff, please contact Pam McGorry at (202) 626-4861.