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Student videos highlight state problems


LegiSchool contest encourages students to become moviemakers to illustrate what they believe are California’s most pressing problems.

What do you think is California's most pressing issue?  The state budget crisis? Unemployment? Crime? The environment?  Immigration? Education reform?

These are just a few problems worth pondering by state high school students who want to enter the LegiSchool Project's annual Public School Service Announcement (PSA) Video Contest: "What is California's most pressing issue?"

Entrants are encouraged to envision themselves as policymakers then offer solutions to the issue they select. They can fire up their video cameras and illustrate the problem and the attendant solution, using imaginative and arresting visuals.

Current California high school students may enter the contest and compete as individuals or be part of a team, from two to five students. Entrants may only opt for one category. The winning entrants from each category will receive $100 and a trip to Sacramento to attend the LegiSchool October Town Hall meeting Oct. 21 where the winning videos will be showcased.

The LegiSchool Project is a collaboration between Sacramento State and the state Legislature and is administered by the Center for California Studies. Its mission is to engage young people in matters of public policy and state government by creating opportunities for them and state leaders to share ideas.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Monday, Sept. 20. Additional fliers and forms are available at: For media assistance call Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.