A San Ramon eighth-grader was honored by C-SPAN and Comcast at her school Wednesday morning after her short-form documentary earned honorable mention in the organizations' StudentCam national video contest.
Sanjana Ranganathan, who attends Gale Ranch Middle School, received a certificate of merit and a $250 prize during a ceremony in front of fellow students, teachers, family members and local officials.
She was among 150 student winners -- out of more than 2,900 videos -- nationwide to earn recognition in the competition aimed at encouraging middle- and high-schoolers to think critically about issues affecting their communities and the United States. Participants were asked to make a short documentary answering the prompt, "Your Message to Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?"
Ranganathan's seven-minute video, "Clicking Forward," urged President Donald Trump and Congress to mandate computer science education in all American public schools and make it part of a school's basic curriculum.
As part of her video, Ranganathan interviewed educators and computer science education advocates, including her principal Sue Goldman and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.).
"Comcast is honored to partner with C-SPAN on their annual documentary contest, StudentCam, and are happy to congratulate local winner, Sanjana Ranganathan," John Gauder, regional vice president of Comcast California, said in a statement.
"These next generation documentary filmmakers tackled an issue that was important to them, their community and our nation after a historic election year. Education is important to Comcast, and we applaud C-SPAN as they continue to offer educational opportunities to young leaders to voice their opinions," he added.