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RNE students win prizes in C-SPAN competition

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Eleven students at Richland Northeast High School have been named winners in C-SPAN’s 2019 StudentCam competition.

A record 6,318 students from across the country participated in the annual competition that seeks short documentaries about a subject of national importance. This year, students produced films addressing 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.”

The competition received 2,923 submissions, with popular topics including First Amendment rights (17%), equality/discrimination (13%) and immigration (9%).

The RNE winners are:

  • Darius Adamson, Gabrielle Greenley and Darius Darby will receive $1,500 as second-prize winners for their documentary “Free Speech in America,” which will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day on April 8.
  • Jamie Collins, Lo’Ren Suber and Janiya Valentine will receive $750 as third-prize winners for their documentary “The Power of the Second Amendment." 
  • Wade Fletcher and Caleb Daniels will receive $250 as honorable mention winners for their documentary “Born American: Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment.”
  • William Davidson, Keyanna Argumedo and Yasmin Lee will receive $250 as honorable mention winners for their documentary “Freedom of Speech."

A ceremony honoring the winners will be held at Richland Northeast on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

The C-SPAN Educational Foundation has sponsored the competition since 2006.

“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,” C-SPAN’s manager of education relations Craig McAndrew said in a news release. “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.”

The RNE winners are among 340 students and 150 videos chosen nationwide. The prize winners, including one grand prize winner, four first-place winners, 16 second-prize winners, 32 third-prize winners and 97 honorable mention winners, earned a total of $100,000.

 The winning videos can be viewed at www.studentcam.org.

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