Earlier this month the finalists of the 2016 PSA Student Short Video Competition met at Speakers' House inside the Houses of Parliament to take part in the Jury Meeting to decide the winner.
The theme of this year’s Student Short Video Competition was ‘Do you have to be Superman/Superwoman to be US president?’. Many of the entrants focused on the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as well as issues of character and personality.
The shortlisted students were from the following schools: Ashfield Girls’ School in Belfast, Christleton High School in Cheshire, Colyton Grammar School in Devon and Habadashers' Aske's School for Girls in Hertfordshire.
The panel of judges, included The Right Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, Sewell Chan, International News Editor at The New York Times, Anneliese Reinemeyer from the US Embassy, Professor Angelia Wilson from Manchester University and Helena Djurkovic, CEO of the PSA. They had by no means an easy task deciding on the winner.
In the end, however, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School were pronounced the runner-ups, while Christleton High School are this year’s winners.Their video involved rap music, scenes from Chester, an interview with their local MP, Chris Matheson and also took inspiration from American cartoons.
Big congratulations from the PSA to the winners: Cameron Bradley, Nathan Houlbrook, Graeme Mochrie and James Robinson!
This annual competition is aimed at post-16 students studying politics, and this year again, has been kindly sponsored by YouGov. The winners are each invited to spend a week volunteering with and shadowing the YouGov political team. The students were given their prize at the PSA Annual Awards.