LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A Lexington high school student is being recognized by C-SPAN for a film he made about birthright citizenship.
The issue hits close to home for the first generation American, and on Wednesday, his school got to see his word first-hand.
Michael Lozovoy’s parents came to America from Russia in 1997. His father, Dmitriy, said that he couldn’t imagine was his future in America would hold. It was bright, but it was unknown.
Twenty-two years later, Dmitriy and Tatyana Lozovoy stood proud as their son, a senior at Lafayette High School, was honored by a national news organization.
Michael was born in the United States and is a U.S citizen, so when the topic of birthright citizenship became a hot-button political issue in late 2018, he was inspired to make a video on the top. He entered that video in C-SPAN’s Nationwide StudentCam Competition.
“My parents being immigrants, and being affected by birthright citizenship, and it being a specific enough topic, I feel like I had to do it,” Michael told LEX 18.
On Wednesday, the senior was recognized as one of 340 students from across the country who won prize money for his work.
“I just feel really, really thankful,” said Michael.
The recognition not only validates Michael’s skill as a filmmaker but also, his parents’ sacrifices that were made all those years ago.
“It’s no wonder he went with this topic because it’s our life basically,” said Tatyana.