C-SPAN has announced that students in Kirkwood and Clayton, Missouri are winners in C-SPAN’s national 2019 StudentCam competition.

The following students from Kirkwood High School have won prizes for their documentaries:

Maddie Meyers will receive $750 as a third prize winner for the documentary, “Freedom of the Press: It’s in Our DNA.”

Ethan Peter will receive $750 as a third prize winner for the documentary, “Separate and UnEqual,” about the racial wealth gap in relation to housing. 

Charlotte Witt will receive $250 as an honorable mention winner for the documentary, “The People Behind the Percents,” about inclusive education. 

Julia Smotkin will receive $250 as an honorable mention winner for the documentary, “(Dis)enfranchised.” 

Alexander Wallach will receive $250 as an honorable mention winner for the documentary, “Vicious Country, Vicious City,” about firearm violence in St. Louis. 

The following students from Clayton High School have won prizes for their documentaries:

Madeline Bale will receive $750 as a third prize winner for the documentary, “Menstruation Discrimination.”

Aaron Zoll will receive $250 as an honorable mention winner for the documentary, “Political Polarization in America.”

Darryl Sams will receive $250 as an honorable mention winner for the documentary, “An Unceasing Divide,” about inequality.

Each year since 2006, C-SPAN partners with its local cable television providers in communities nationwide to invite middle and high school students 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 (a 10 percent increase over 2018) 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).

“Over the last 15 years, we’ve had the privilege of hearing viewpoints on a wide variety of issues directly from young filmmakers across the country,” said C-SPAN’s Manager of Education Relations Craig McAndrew. “This year, students clearly stepped up their approach to deliver thoughtful and diverse responses to our competition theme, which reflect enormous time and effort put into the research and construction of their documentaries.”

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, whom also support StudentCam. In Kirkwood and Clayton, C-SPAN is available locally through Spectrum.

“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.”

These winners are among the 340 students 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. This year C-SPAN marks its 15th year of the competition and awards its 1 millionth dollar in StudentCam prize money. 

The 150 winning videos can be viewed at http://www.studentcam.org and may be used in a broadcast with attribution to C-SPAN. 

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.

Via Press Release

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