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Foothill student's law proposal wins assemblywoman's video contest

Team to join Baker for bill drafting, introduction at State Capitol

A Foothill High student was part of a team selected by YouTube voters as the winner of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's first-ever "There Ought To Be A Law" video contest, which challenged local teens to propose legislation that she should pursue in the Assembly.

Foothill's Alexander Lee, along with San Ramon students James Zeng of California High and Steven Yuan of Dougherty Valley High, created a video that urged legislation providing more support to local school districts for psychologists and mental health counselors in schools.

As contest winners, the trio will now have the chance to join Baker (R-San Ramon) at the State Capitol to draft a bill in line with their proposal, introduce it in the State Assembly and receive special recognition from assembly members.

In congratulating the winning team, Baker said, "I was impressed with the group's proposal regarding the need for mental health counselors in our schools. I look forward to hosting these students at the State Capitol as they give testimony for their bill in committee."

The boys' video was among three finalists selected by Baker's office from 48 contest submissions and then posted on her YouTube page for viewers to vote on.

The contest, open to all high schoolers in Baker's 16th Assembly District, asked the teens to make a video that proposed a bill idea to address a problem in California that requires a legislative solution.

The two other finalists were Ahana Sen and Devika Oak, both of The Quarry Lane School. Sen's video called for privatization of California highways while Oak encouraged more assistance for Bay Area public transportation.

The video by Lee, Zeng and Yuan received the most "likes" when voting closed Dec. 17, giving them the victory.

Baker, a first-term assemblywoman, said she was pleased with the participation throughout the competition.

"Our 'There Ought To Be A Law' video contest received excellent submissions from high school students throughout Assembly District 16, and I would like to thank every student for sharing great ideas, creating informative videos and thinking critically about legislative solutions," she added.

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