Royse City High School student filmmaker takes 2nd at UIL State Contest

Shelby Doroshow holds her second place state trophy in front of the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Austin.

(ROYSE CITY, TX — March 29, 2017) Shelby Doroshow, a junior at Royse City High School, won second place in the large school division of the state UIL Festival Film contest.  Her documentary, “Behind the Curtains”, was selected by judges for the honor out of 192 films that were entered from across the state.  Her winning documentary detailed the work behind the scenes of a summer theater musical production.  Doroshow interviewed the actors throughout the production.

“It’s truly such an honor, I had worked on the films for eight months,” said Doroshow.  Shelby, along with her father, and her teacher, Steve Vaughn, attended the UIL Award Ceremony in Austin, Texas last Wednesday at the Paramount Theater.

“We got to see a lot of truly incredible films, but to watch my own films on a giant screen in a historical theatre was remarkable,” added Doroshow.

This is not the first award the talented filmmaker has won.  A few weeks ago, she won second place at the Dallas Library Teen Film Contest.  She has also entered the national Toyota Drive 365 contest.

“She loves to make films and enter contests, she has a new project to work on every week” said Vaughn, her advanced video production teacher at RCHS.

Last fall, Doroshow was chosen from students from across the nation to be part of a national video documentary. The title of the documentary film is “No Limits:  A New View of Disability.” The production is sponsored by the Student Television Network – a national organization that supports and promotes high school video production programs.

“I just finished my part of the production.  The leaders of the organization have since asked me to write the script for the entire production and I also made a trailer to promote the film,”  said Doroshow.

“I spent months collaborating with the Partners in PE class at RCHS to produce a documentary about their students and how their disabilities do not hold them back,” said Doroshow.

In a few weeks, Doroshow will travel along with all of her advanced video team to the STN national competition in Anaheim, California where her documentary will be shown for the first time.  Shelby will be competing in convention recap and documentary events at nationals.

RCTV is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this school year.  Over the past 10 years, RCTV has won seven national awards from STN.  Each year, RCTV attends the STN national convention where they compete against 250 other schools in video production contests.

Students in the three-level program start with an intro class and advance to the top level classes by their junior and senior years.  Past students in the program have gone on to work professionally in video production.  Several former students are working for their college production teams at both Texas A&M and the University of Texas.

To see Doroshow’s productions, you can go to and search Shelby Doroshow Productions.  To view more of RCTV’s work, please go to

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