ALEXANDRIA, VA – C-SPAN announced today the winners of its annual documentary contest, StudentCam. Among the group are six students who attend school in Alexandria.
Marisa Vidal, Leo Dienstfrey, and Lashelle Sakyi – students at Alexandria City High School – will receive $250 as honorable mention prize winners for the documentary, “Modern Day Slavery,” about human trafficking.
Connor Stehn, also a student at Browne Academy, will receive $250 as an honorable mention prize winner for the documentary, “Gun Legislation.”
The question posed to students for the project was “If you were a newly-elected member of Congress, which issue would be your first priority and why?”
“For the first time in the history of the competition, we asked students to envision themselves in a position of power, as newly elected members of Congress,” said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN Education Relations. “As each participant considered which issue would be their first priority and why, they creatively wove detailed research with expert interviews and proposed actions to address their concerns.”
StudentCam, in its 19th year, gives young people the chance to explore topics important to them. It also allows them to come up with solutions to solve topics of concern.
“It is truly an inspiration to hear young voices tackle important issues in such creative and thoughtful ways,” said Misty Allen, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Comcast’s Beltway Region. Comcast partnered with C-SPAN for the competition.
C-SPAN received nearly 1,500 entries from 40 states, the District, and Abu Dhabi in the UAE.