Ossian Students Win 3rd Prize In C-SPAN's Video Documentary Competition

By Emma Koch - NBC33

Ossian Students Win 3rd Prize In C-SPAN's Video Documentary Competition

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (NBC33) -- Verbatim Press Release:  C-SPAN announced Thursday that students from Norwell High School in Ossian, Ind. are winners in C-SPAN’s national 2014 StudentCam competition.

Kelly McAvoy, Ashley Miller and Alyssa Gill, seniors at Norwell High School, will receive $750 for their Third Prize documentary, “America’s Undefined Future,” about the national debt. Click the link to watch the video.

Bailey Gerber, Stephanie Macon and Jenna Meyer, seniors at Norwell High School, will receive $250 for their Honorable Mention documentary, “Implementing Digital Learning: The Future of Education,” about digital learning in education.

The national competition, now in its tenth 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 were asked to answer the question, “What’s the most important issue the U.S Congress should consider in 2014?” In response, C-SPAN received 2,355 video submissions from more than 4,800 students in 46 states and Washington, DC.

“StudentCam serves as a yearly reminder that young people are not only passionate about issues of national significance, but their ideas and opinions are also worthy of our consideration,” says Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN Manager of Education Relations.

“The level of critical thought, effort, and initiative that students have demonstrated in creating their documentaries is inspiring, and we are thrilled to share this year’s winning videos with both Congress and the public.”

Documentaries were judged by a panel of C-SPAN education representatives and evaluated 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.

For the 2014 competition, the top three most popular documentary topics were:

·         Economic issues (poverty, unemployment, national debt)

·         Gun Legislation

·         Education

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, which support StudentCam. In Ossian, C-SPAN is available locally through MediaCom.

“Education is a crucial component to the Mediacom company mission and we are proud to partner with C-SPAN on their annual StudentCam competition. This year, we are excited to congratulate our local winners from Norwell High School on their winning documentary, where they passionately shared their message with Congress and showed their interest in politics and what Congress can do to address the issues that interest them,” said Mike Dickerson, Mediacom Area Operations Director.

The winning students are among 328 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.  The 150 winning videos may be viewed at http://www.studentcam.org/winners14.htm




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