WASHINGTON — Timothy Medina and Nardeen Saleep, students at Egg Harbor Township High School, are honorable mention winners in C-SPAN’s national 2020 StudentCam competition, the cable network announced.
Medina and Saleep will receive $250 for the documentary, "The Wage Gap."
Each year since 2006, C-SPAN has partnered with local cable television providers in communities 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's Your Vision in 2020? Explore the issue you most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign."
In response, nearly 5,400 students from 44 states and Washington, D.C., participated. C-SPAN received more than 2,500 submissions on a variety of topics. The most popular topics addressed:
• Environment (18%) — climate change, Green New Deal, pollution and plastics
• Equality and discrimination (15%) — prison rights, affirmative action, veterans' rights, human rights
• Guns (13%) — gun control, mass shootings, Second Amendment, gun safety
• Health Care (12%) — universal health care, mental health, addictions, vaping
• Immigration (9%) — border security, undocumented immigration, separation of families, DACA
"StudentCam provides a platform for young people to have their voices heard on the issues they are clearly passionate about," said C-SPAN's Director of Education Relations Craig McAndrew. "This year's entries reflect remarkable research and production values and feature a wide range of interviews with elected officials and experts. The life skills students learn from this experience will carry them forward in their academic, personal and professional lives."
These winners are among the 330 students from across the country winning a total of $100,000. C-SPAN is awarding one grand prize, 4 first prizes, 16 second prizes, 32 third prize winners and 97 honorable mention prizes. The winning videos will receive cash awards of $5,000, $3,000, $1,500, $750 and $250, respectively. This year marks the 16th year of the StudentCam competition, which has awarded over $1,000,000 in prizes.
The 150 winning videos can be viewed at http://www.studentcam.org and may be used in a broadcast with attribution to C-SPAN. To schedule an interview with one or more of the winning students, please contact Pam McGorry at firstname.lastname@example.org.