AACS TikTok-Style Census Video Contest

The 2020 Census is a constitutionally mandated once-a-decade count of our nation. A complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States is essential, and Asian American communities have been hard to count in the past. To help promote a complete and accurate count of the Asian population in Missouri, EARLY Missouri and Asian American Civic Scholars have banded together to host this TikTok-style short video contest.

Students were challenged to make a 15-second to 2-minute video encouraging the Asian-American community to fill out the 2020 Census. Submissions were evaluated in two separate sets: Judge’s Choice and Popular Vote. The following contestants won a total $400 prize pool:

Judge’s Choice

Grand Prize Winner: Danielle Zhang

Runner-Up: Grace Hu

Third Place: Grace Fu, Jenny Yang (tie)

Honorable Mention: Daena Talavera

Popular Vote

First Place: Josh Yn

Second Place: Jenny Yang

Honorable Mentions: Srushti Bhoyar, Maanasa Vollu


Danielle Zhang


Josh Yn

Grace Hu
Jenny Yang
Grace Fu
Daena Talaversa
Srushti Bhoyar


Maanasa Vollu