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Student videographers from Liberty High School honored by C-SPAN

Zainub Ahmed, Dominic Reyes, Andrew Chastain

On April 25, representatives from C-SPAN and Spectrum visited Liberty High School in the Wentzville School District to award Honorable Mention and $250 to three students for their video entry in C-SPAN’s annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam.

During the visit, C‑SPAN presented a StudentCam certificate of merit to junior Dominic Reyes, sophomore Andrew Chastain and junior Zainub Ahmed for their video documentary, “Gun Violence the Second Amendment” during a ceremony of classmates, teachers, family and community members, to recognize their winning achievements in the national competition.

Each year, since 2006, C-SPAN partners with local cable providers in communities nationwide to invite middle school and high school students to produce short documentaries on a subject of national importance. This year, students addressed the theme, “The Constitution & You: Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to you.” In response, C-SPAN received a record of 2,985 video submissions from over 5,700 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C. One hundred fifty students and 53 teacher prizes were awarded, totaling $100,000 in prize money. Only seven entries from Missouri received an award.

“Congratulations to all of our local prize winners in C-SPAN’s national StudentCam documentary competition – it’s a terrific recognition,” said Adam Falk, Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs, Charter Communications. “This year, C-SPAN’s StudentCam contest gave students the opportunity to learn more about and deeply appreciate the U.S. Constitution and its impact on our local community. We are proud to partner with them on this important initiative.”

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. Visit www.studentcam.org to watch all the winning videos for 2018.

The Liberty students submitted the video as part of a final project assignment in their AP Government class last semester with Ms. Lindsey Holmes. “We are extremely grateful and thankful towards Ms. Holmes for giving us this opportunity and opening our eyes to what we can accomplish,” shared Andrew at the awards presentation. “We are honored and profoundly humbled to be one of the many recipients to receive an honorable mention for their video.”

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