Video students win big at SEVA awards

Rio Americano takes most prizes at 2023 Sacramento Educational Video Awards as students win for documentaries and other categories


Rio Americano students dominated the annual Sacramento Educational Video Awards, which honor student work from across the county. 

Junior Lee Mamangon, senior Claire Teymouri, sophomore Kaser Winn and freshman Naya Winn all took home trophies at the SEVA ceremony. These awards showcase the best video talent from across the county and this year Rio won five awards (no other high school had more than one). 

Junior Lee Mamangon took the Gold for Documentary 9-12 with his film “The Rise of AI on Artists.” This is the fourth year in a row that a Rio student has won this award. Mamangon also took Gold for Instructional (How to) 9-12 with his film “How to Fold Origami Lucky Stars.”

Claire Teymouri took Silver for Documentary 9-12 with her film on “Fast Fashion and the Downfall of Generational Fashion.”

Working outside the school’s video program, Kaser and Naya Winn won Silver for Instructional (How to) 9-12 for their film “How to Make Hope Cranes.” The pair also won Gold for Creative Expression 9-12 for their short film “Pressure Cooker.”

Angelina Souza and Volod Statnyk were also nominated for Best Documentary 9-12.

All videos can be seen at the SEVA website.