Two Fishers high school students have won second prize at C-SPAN’s national 2019 StudentCam competition. They will receive $1,500 for their documentary, "Students Ruin the First Amendment," about freedom of speech.
Sophie Foley and Lauren Higginbotham competed against a record number of 6,318 students from 48 states and Washington, D.C. The most popular topics among the 2,923 submissions included First Amendment rights, equality/discrimination and immigration. The documentary will air on C-SPAN on April 7.
Annually, since 2006, C-SPAN has partnered with cable television providers nationwide to invite middle and high school students to produce short documentaries about a subject of national importance. This year students addressed 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."
"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," said C-SPAN’s Manager of Education Relations,Craig McAndrew, 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."