Port Richey student winner in C-SPAN's video documentary competition

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 08, 2017

A Port Richey middle school student has won a prize in C-SPAN's video documentary competition. 

  • Port Richey student winner in C-SPAN's video documentary competition
  • Justin Ross won for his video "Texting and Driving Distracted Drivers" 
  • To view his video, click here

Since 2005, C-SPAN has partnered with local cable affiliates in communities nationwide to invite middle school and high school students to produce short documentaries on an issue of national importance. 

This year, students answered the question, "Your message to Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to answer in 2017?"

Justin Ross, a student at Chasco Middle School, is an honorable mention winner in the 2017 StudentCam competition. 

Ross will receive $250 for his documentary, "Texting and Driving Distracted Drivers."

C-SPAN received 2,903 video submissions from over 5,600 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C. 

Students worked in teams or as individuals to address a wide range of public policy issues from equality and the economy, to the environment and education.  

"With the new president and Congress in office, we wanted to hear from students about public policy issues they would like addressed in 2017," said Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN's Manager of Education Relations. "StudentCam offers young people the opportunity to connect with lawmakers and experts and provides them with a platform to voice their opinions creatively." 

The most popular topics chosen by students were equality (16 percent), which included police brutality, racial and gender discrimination, and women's rights, followed by the economy (13 percent) and the environment (11 percent).

Ross is among 321 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. 

To view the 150 winning videos, click here