C-SPAN today announced that students at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla., are winners in C-SPAN’s national 2016 StudentCam competition.
Sydney Plastow and Zoe Heafner, sophomores, have won Third Prize and will receive $750 for their documentary, “Education In America.”
Walker Simasek and Clay DeHart, sophomores, have won Honorable Mention and will receive $250 for their documentary, “Standardized Testing.”
Christina Spain and Chelsea Wilck, sophomores, have won Honorable Mention and will receive $250 for their documentary, “Free College Tuition.”
Nancy Pickett, a junior, has won Honorable Mention and will receive $250 for her documentary, “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery.”
The national competition, now in its 12th year, invites middle school (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to produce a five-to-seven minute documentary on a national policy issue.
This year, students used video cameras to address the theme, “Road to the White House: what’s the issue YOU most want candidates to discuss during the 2016 presidential campaign?” In response, C-SPAN received a record 2,887 video submissions from almost 6,000 students in 45 states and Washington, DC.
“With the presidential campaign in the forefront of people’s minds, we wanted to hear from students across the country about the issues that matter to them,” said Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN’s Manager of Education Relations. “StudentCam provides these young people, many of whom are too young to vote, with a platform to express their opinions and have their voices heard.”
The most popular topic chosen by students was the economy. Nineteen percent of entries were about issues affecting the economy such as poverty, homelessness, and minimum wage, followed by equality (13 percent), and education (12 percent).
C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, which support StudentCam. In Winter Park, C-SPAN is available locally through Bright House Networks.
“Bright House Networks congratulates these students on their winning documentaries in C-SPAN’s 2016 StudentCam competition as we praise them for their hard work and national accomplishment. In this hotly contested election cycle, it’s great to see future voters voicing their opinions on the most important issues of the day. Support of education is a primary giving mission for Bright House Networks within the communities we serve, and we are pleased to continue to partner with C-SPAN on this valuable educational initiative,” said Kimberly Maki, Corporate VP, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs.
These winners are among 332 students from across the country winning a total of $100,000, including one Grand Prize winner, four First Prize winners, 16 Second Prize winners, 32 Third Prize winners and 97 Honorable Mentions. Bright House Networks will announce an additional $12,000 in cash awards next month to students and schools locally within the company’s service areas in Florida, Alabama, Michigan, Indiana, and California.
The 150 winning videos may be viewed at http://www.studentcam.org/winners16.htm and may be used in a broadcast with attribution to C-SPAN. To schedule an interview with one or more winning students or with C-SPAN education staff, please contact Robin Newton, Media Relations Specialist, at 202.626.8910 or Pam McGorry, Education Programs Specialist, at 202.626.4861.
The annual competition is sponsored by the C-SPAN Education Foundation. Videos were evaluated by a panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives based on the thoughtful examination of the competition’s theme, quality of expression, inclusion of varying sides of the documentary’s topic, and effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming.
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