C-SPAN’s award-winning state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized Bus will visit Clayton High School on Thursday, May 16 and Kirkwood High School on Friday, May 17 to honor local winners for their winning entries in C-SPAN’s annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam. In partnership Spectrum, C-SPAN will present a StudentCam certificate of merit to the students during a ceremony of classmates, teachers, family members and elected officials. 

Each year, since 2006, C-SPAN partners with its local cable television providers in communities nationwide to invite middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to produce short documentaries about a subject of national importance. This year, students addressed the theme, “What does it mean to be American? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience.”

In response, a record 6,318 students from 48 states and Washington, D.C., participated. The most popular topics among the 2,923 submissions included First Amendment rights (17 percent), equality/discrimination (13 percent) and immigration (9 percent).

These seven students are among the 340 students from across the country winning a total of $100,000 in prize money. In all, 150 winning videos were awarded. This year, C-SPAN marks its 15th year of the competition and awards its one-millionth dollar in StudentCam prize money. Visitwww.studentcam.org to watch all the winning videos for 2019.

“As a strong supporter of civic education to make communities stronger, Spectrum proudly partners with C-SPAN for its annual documentary competition, StudentCam. Each year, we are impressed and inspired by St. Louis area students’ insight and creativity tackling national issues through their short videos. This year’s winners creatively portrayed what it means to be American, said, Adam Falk, SVP, State Government Affairs for Charter Communications. “We at Spectrum are proud to join C-SPAN in congratulating the winning students at Clayton High School and Kirkwood High School.”

During Bus tours, through interactive kiosks and demonstrations, students, teachers and community members will learn about C-SPAN’s 40 years of in-depth coverage of the American political process and comprehensive online educational resources, including C-SPAN.org – an extensive video library containing close to 250,000 hours of searchable content for viewing, research and education purposes, dating back to 1987. In addition, Bus visitors will be invited to share their thoughts on what it means to be an American for C-SPAN’s “Voices from the Road” project.

EVENTS (press invited):
Thursday, May 16th
8:30 AM-9:15 AM       Assembly to honor winning students
Clayton High School (1 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, MO 63105)
3rd Prize
Madeline Bale – Menstruation Discrimination

Honorable Mention
Aaron Zoll – Political Polarization in America

Honorable Mention
Darryl Sams – An Unceasing Divide

Friday, May 17th
8:45 AM-9:40 AM       Assembly to honor winning students
Kirkwood High School (801 W Essex Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122)
3rd Prize
Maddie Meyers  – Freedom of the Press – It’s in our DNA

3rd Prize
Ethan Peter – Separate and Unequal

Honorable Mention
Charlotte Witt – The People Behind the Percents

Honorable Mention
Julia Smotkin – (Dis)enfranchised

Honorable Mention
Alexander Wallach – Vicious Country, Vicious City

Since 1993, a C-SPAN Bus has traveled across the nation in partnership with C-SPAN’s cable and satellite providers for local interactions through visits to schools and community events. Visitors to the Bus will engage with the C-SPAN Bus crew and the onboard interactive tools to learn about the unique public service television network, C-SPAN’s online presence and C-SPAN Classroom’s comprehensive educational resources. Bus visitors will learn about C-SPAN’s unique non-commercial, editorially balanced, non-biased coverage of public affairs and political events and the cable industry’s commitment to funding its operations.

In St Louis, C-SPAN programming is provided by Spectrum as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 998, HD 794; C-SPAN2 on channel 997; C-SPAN3 on channel 996 and on the web at C-SPAN.org. Funding for C-SPAN operations, including Bus visits, is provided by Cable One and other cable and satellite TV providers.

Fans can follow the adventures of the C-SPAN Bus on Twitter and Instagram@cspanbus and online at C-SPAN.org/community.

Via Press Release