Silver Spring Students Awarded in C-SPAN Competition

Two teams of Montgomery County students were honored in a national documentary competition sponsored by C-SPAN which encourages youth to produce short documentaries on issues of national importance. Murky Future

This year, students used video cameras in the C-SPAN StudentCam documentary contest to answer the question, “what’s the most important issue U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?”

Donald De Alwis, Gabriel Cote Ajay Kharkar, sophomores at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring took home first place and $3,000 for winning the East Region competition for their documentary titled, “A Murky Future,” about water pollution and combine sewer overflows in U.S. waterways.

Peter Jasperse, Antonia Torfs-Leibman and Madeleine Hutchins, 8th graders at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring were named the national first prize winners in the Middle School division. They were awarded the $3,000 prize for their documentary “The NSA: The Lengths of America’s Security,” about NSA surveillance.

The Eastern Middle School team’s documentary will air at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day on April 23, and the Montgomery Blair High School team’s documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day on April 24.

The grand prize award went to Emma Larson, Michaela Capps and Sarah Highducheck, freshmen at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif., who will share a $5,000 prize for their documentary titled “Earth First, Fracking Second.

More than 4,800 students in 46 states and D.C. sent a total of 2,355 entries to C-SPAN this year – nearly 25 percent more than the number of entries received in 2013.

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Valerie Bonk

About Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).


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