Spanish Springs High grads win court's video essay contest

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (KOLO)-- Three Spanish Spring High School graduates won the 2019 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest video competition to promote an understanding of the Constitution and civics, the court announced Friday.

Colton Massic narrates a video that earned the Spanish Springs High School graduate first place in a Ninth Circuit Civics Contest.

Matthew Lovering, Colton Massic and Jason Mueller made a video about the 4th Amendment, which deals with search and seizures, and how it applies to new technology, like drones or smartphones. It included interviews with Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam and two sheriff’s detectives.

The honor also comes with a $2,000 prize.

Most of the 15 U.S. court circuits conducted similar contests. The circuit court said in a statement about 1,300 students entered the contest. Twenty-five videos and 44 essays were selected for final consideration.

The credits at the end of the video list Massic as the narrator, Mueller as the co-director and camera operator, Lovering as the editor, Jaycob Sparks as the script director, Alisabeth Mitchell as the interviewer and Ian Gill as co-director.

“We are very pleased that many students from all parts of the Ninth Circuit submitted many outstanding essays and videos, demonstrating an understanding and the importance of the 4th Amendment,” U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino of San Diego, chairwoman of the Ninth Circuit Courts and Community Committee, said in a statement.

In the video competition, Raveena Lele, a sophomore at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, Calif., took second and the team of Jessica Chou, Maxwell Tong and Aaron Wu, recent graduates of Arcadia High School in Arcadia, Calif., took third.

In the essay competition, Natalie Fraser, a junior at West High School in Anchorage, Alaska, took first, second went to Kellen Vu, a recent graduate of Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix; and third went to Jessica Chou, a recent graduate of Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California.

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