The SEVA Award Night Celebration is the culminating event to celebrate the hard work of SEVA students and teachers across the region.
Held annually each spring, the event showcases student educational videos to the Sacramento community and beyond. Called the student “Academy Awards of Sacramento,” the event represents a year-long media production effort for over 1000 students from over 50 schools throughout the Sacramento region. Statuettes are awarded to the top educational videos submitted in five categories (Creative Expression, Documentary, Instructional, Public Service Announcements, and School News) spread across all grade levels – from Kindergarten to College.
Award Night Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to come to award night to win an award?
The SEVAs can be celebrated both in person and at home. However, the ability to accept an award on stage in front of your peers is a truly special experience. SECC encourages all who are able to attend in person.
How much does the event cost?
The SEVA contest is free to enter for all students in Sacramento County. Awards Night is free to attend and parking at the event is free.
How many people can I bring?
Please bring those who would like to join in the celebration while considering that there is limited capacity at the venue. You are encouraged to share the livestream information with extended friends and family.
Is there a dress code?
There is no official dress code for the event. SECC encourages students to be comfortable and take this time to show off their style.
How can I bring my paparazzi crew to the red carpet?
Details about red carpet crews are sent out to teachers as the event approaches. You can always send an email to email@example.com to reserve your spot in advance.
Will I be video recorded at the event?
SECC will livestream the Awards Ceremony on SECC Comcast 16 and YouTube.
Will students be busy during the entire event?
Starting at 5PM, student producers are encouraged to walk the red carpet and take advantage of the SEVA selfie station and other photo opportunities. Starting at 6PM, the award ceremony begins and attendees are encouraged to stay for the entire presentation.
How long does Award Night typically last?
The Awards Ceremony itself begins at 6pm and is usually about 90 minutes. Since it can be disruptive to exit during the ceremony, attendees are encouraged to stay for the full event.
What happens if I win an award?
If your video is awarded an Honorable Mention or SEVA please feel free to make your way up to the stage to accept your award. Most producers choose to make a brief acceptance speech at that time.
Will there be food at the event?
There is no food available at the event, and food is not allowed in the auditorium. Water bottles are allowed inside.
Past SEVA Results & Winner’s Reels
Allan Hinderstein Award
Over 31 years ago, an incredible Sac State professor, Allan Hinderstein had a vision that recognized the importance and value of media production for teachers. His idea was to enhance the classroom learning experience of students. SECC honors Allan’s memory every year, as they recognize a teacher who embodies the concept of being creative in the classroom and is always looking for new ways to introduce media into students learning.
2008 – Gail Desler
2009 – Brian Weitzel
2010 – Dana La Chapelle
2011 – Doug Floyd
2012 – Jim Bentley