Indiana Students Excel in C-SPAN Competition

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Two groups of northeast Indiana high school students have won awards in a national C-SPAN competition. The students from Norwell High School in Ossian were recognized for their documentaries on the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider this year.

May 16, 2014

News Release

Statehouse, Ind. -- State Reps. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) and Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) congratulate students from Norwell High School in Ossian on winning C-SPAN's national 2014 StudentCam competition.

The students received their awards during a ceremony at the high school and also toured the C-SPAN Bus when it stopped at Norwell. The C-SPAN Bus visits cities, schools and universities across the country, promoting C-SPAN's educational and governmental resources for students, teachers and community members.

"Out of the 2,355 video submissions that C-SPAN received, I am thrilled that two of the winning documentaries were created by students in our community," said Rep. Lehman. "This is a testament to the high caliber of creativity and critical thinking of our local young people."

The competition, in its 10th year, challenges middle and high school students to produce a five-to-seven minute documentary on a national policy issue. This year, the students were asked to answer the question: "What’s the most important issue the U.S Congress should consider in 2014?"

"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," said Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN Manager of Education Relations.

Three seniors, Kelly McAvoy, Ashley Miller and Alyssa Gill, won third place for their documentary titled "America’s Undefined Future." They received a total of $750 in prize money.

Bailey Gerber, Stephanie Macon and Jenna Meyer, also seniors, received honorable mentions for their documentary titled "Implementing Digital Learning: The Future of Education" and were awarded a total of $250.

"It is encouraging to see our students engaging in national issues at a young age," said Rep. Leonard. "That passion and drive will serve them well in their future endeavors and contribute to the betterment of our community."

The "America's Undefined Future" documentary can be viewed at http://www.viddler.com/v/ddf7b03d, and the "Implementing Digital Learning: The Future of Education" can be viewed at http://www.viddler.com/v/2a567d13.

Source: Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus