“Best Drama” In Constituting America’s “We The Future” Short Film Category
My name is Yashica Nabar, 16, and I’m in 11th grade attending the Law Academy at Creekview High School. I still have memories of when I was seven years old and would run around my house, creating small films to show my family and friends. Most kids my age enjoyed taking part in sports like basketball, soccer and track. However, I enjoyed finding little ways to spread a message to people around the world. I always found myself having a deep admiration for singing, dancing and public speaking as it gives you a platform to express every feeling that can possibly be expressed! I got my first emceeing gig when I was twelve years old. This experience unlocked an “ah hah” moment of excitement for using my words to make a positive impact on others. Twelve years old was also the age that I appeared on Chopped Junior, a cooking competition on Food Network Channel. The second that I walked into my first interview in front of the camera, I knew that this was the field that I wanted to go into. The ambience of preparing a television production from setting up the equipment to the hot coffee in the hands of the entire crew, the pure bliss that has to do with being behind and in front of the camera can’t be matched by any other type of excitement in the world. That’s why creating a short film for Constituting America’s “We The Future Contest” was an opportunity that I had to take!
In the future, I hope to go on to spread positive messages on television as a talk show host or as a political journalist. No matter what anyone desires to pursue in their future, Constituting America is the place to learn more about the opportunities, morals and values that our country holds, along with of course…The Constitution of America! Thank you Constituting America for allowing me and thousands of other kids an opportunity to get the platform to make positive change in our country and to make possible our dreams to pursue a higher education!
Watch Yashica’s Winning Short Film below:
Our Interview With Yashica
Was this the first time you entered the contest?
This was the first time that I have applied to this scholarship and I am completely grateful about my work being featured!
How did you hear about the contest?
My teacher who teaches a Political Science class in my school suggested that I apply for the scholarship. The scholarship was also listed on a scholarship sheet by @collegeproprep on instagram.
What inspired your work?
After hearing about my parents’ journey from Bombay, India to Dallas, Texas; I felt thankful that the United States provided opportunities for them to find happiness and achieve their wildest dreams. Because certain rights in the Constitution are guaranteed, America has worked to become a place of diversity and acceptance. This very idea inspired me to pay tribute to the amendments in the constitution that has made America the “power nation” of the world.
What did you learn while creating your entry?
While creating my short film, I learned to truly appreciate the stability that our country has guaranteed. Because we are guaranteed the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; the employees and employers of America can work together to enforce the “law of the land” to provide a safe and just environment for all.
How do you plan to spread the word this year to your peers about the importance of the U.S Constitution?
As I’m involved in my school’s law academy program, I intend to learn and educate others about the rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution through participation in mock trial and debate tournaments. Making sure that young Americans are aware of the rights we are guaranteed is a passion of mine that I will work to make a career out of.
How do your friends respond to history or talking about the Constitution?
When learning about history or the U.S. Constitution, my friends mostly have a confounded interest in how each amendment is enforced and utilized throughout the justice system in America. They often post instagram stories relating to Constitutional amendments/rights in order to continue educating others about the use of each right.
What do you love about U.S. History and the forming of our government?
I greatly enjoy learning about what occurred in the past to make the future so evolved! U.S. History has always been one of my favorite subjects in school as it has set a basis for how our country has reacted to major tragedies/triumphs.
Which U.S. historical site would you like to visit? I would love to visit the White House or Capitol Hill to observe exactly where our congressmen discuss ongoing laws that shape our day to day lives as Americans.
Which American historical figure is most influential/inspirational to you?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Barack Obama are my biggest inspirations in political history as they have paved the way for more constructive, open-minded thinking which is what our political system needed. Not only have they fought for the rights of minorities (racial and gender), but they have also used their platforms to advocate for the voiceless.
Who is your greatest role model?
One of my biggest role models is Anderson Cooper. He evaluates every politician and political issue in terms of the rights guaranteed in the Constitution and with pure logic. Rather than steering a certain way because his political party supports a certain topic, he addresses issues in a logical way that would benefit the good of America. He has also become one of the biggest political journalists in America, which inspires me to pursue the same career!
What in your life are you most passionate about?
In my life, I’m most passionate about immersing myself in creativity. Whether it’s creating short films, singing, dancing, playing an instrument or motivational speaking; I deeply enjoy finding new ways to inspire others and find peace within myself.
How do you spend your free time?
I often spend my free time going out with my friends and exploring the world. To immerse yourself in creativity, you have to seek adventure and constantly learn more about the world around you. Going hiking, exploring coffee shops and trying new cuisines often sparks an exciting thrill that stimulates my passion to quench my curiosity.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for my future include pursuing political broadcasting or motivational speaking. I desire to give others confidence in themselves either if its by directly addressing their emotions or sharing stories of events happening around them that could inspire them to be better American citizens.
If you could do one super impactful thing to help people, what would it be?
If I could do one super impactful thing to help people, I would tell them that every struggle and obstacle that seems too hard to overcome, will soon become better. Living life simply helps one see it for its simplicity. This very concept will take people so far in such a fast-paced generation where we rely on our phones for happiness. Finally learning to drop the social media accounts and going out to explore nature will immensely help not only the country, but the world. I could then see us making wonderful innovations and treating each other with more love and acceptance than ever before.
Why is the Constitution relevant today?
The Constitution is still relevant today as it secures our rights to voice our opinions and understand the judicial systems policies in case of an emergency.