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CSDA Awards $3,500 In Scholarships; Teaches California Youth About Special Districts

The votes are in! Julio Sanchez is the winner of the CSDA’s Annual Student Video Contest for his video that shows how California’s special districts ‘Make the Difference’ in their communities. Sanchez is also the winner of the $2,000 grand-prize scholarship money.

Julio’s winning video not only conceptualized a clear understanding of special districts, but also featured informative interviews with real special district employees, and showcased expert-level filming and post-production audiovisual techniques. A student at Cosumnes River College in Elk Grove, California, Sanchez hopes to use the prize money to help him transfer to the University of California, Los Angeles or the University of San Francisco.

The second-place winner and recipient of the $1,000 scholarship prize is a team of students from Pleasant Valley High School in Chico. Zachary Almand and Jakobie Rhodes featured the Chico Area Recreation and Park District in their video that challenged people to ‘get out there and play’. Their video expertly captured beautiful footage of district facilitates and featured community members actively engaged in district programs.

The third-place winner and recipient of the $500 prize is Jordan Chan, a student at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos whose unique video used an animated ‘host’ to creatively narrate information about various different types of special districts.

Watch all the winning videos and get information about how to get involved in the 2018 Student Video Contest at


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