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My Town Grand Haven: GHHS student wins C-SPAN documentary award
My Town Grand Haven: GHHS student wins C-SPAN documentary award

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GRAND HAVEN, (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)-- Grand Haven High School freshman Holly Wright was announced a Third Prize Winner in C-SPAN's national 2014 StudentCam documentary competition for her entry "Project Energy".

Wright's documentary about "the U.S., our energy sources, and what Congress can do to help" earned her a $750 cash prize, and was one of 150 students and 53 teacher prizes, totaling $100,000 in cash prizes, awarded for winning documentaries.

"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."

Each year since 2006, C-SPAN has invited middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to produce short documentaries on an issue of national importance. This year, students used video cameras to answer the question, "What's the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?"

In response, more than 4,800 students in 46 states and Washington, DC sent a total of 2,355 entries to C-SPAN this year- nearly 25 percent more than the number of entries received in 2013. Students worked in teams or as individuals to address a wide range of public policy issues, from immigration to gun legislation to the environment.

The most popular topic in 2014 was the economy. Sixteen percent of entries were about economic issues such as poverty, unemployment, and the national debt, followed by gun legislation (14 percent) and education (13 percent).

This year C-SPAN doubled the number of student prizes and total prize money awarded. High school students competed on a regional level with the U.S. being divided into three regions, West, Central, and East. Middle school students were judged on a national basis. The Grand Prize winners were selected nationally among all regions and grade levels.

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.