A group of Jenks High School students have been named winners in C-SPAN’s national 2014 StudentCam competition.
Juniors McKinleigh Lair, Will Ratliff, Charlene Kayiza, Hannah Roger, Wendy Htet, Bryce Bonnet, Braden Bullard, Brenner Dyer and Joel Robinson and senior Hank Hargrove were all recognized for their documentaries in the 10th annual contest.
Students were asked to answer the question, “What’s the most important issue the U.S Congress should consider in 2014?” in a five to seven documentary on a national policy issue.
More than 2,300 videos from over 4,800 middle school and high school students across 46 states were submitted in this year’s competition.
Each winner is given scholarship money
Lair will receive $1,500 for her second prize documentary, “Do I Look Illegal?: America’s Broken Immigration System.” The documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET April 3.
Ratliff will receive $1,500 for his second prize documentary, “Welcome to the Farm,” about the Farm Bill. This documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET April 21.
Kayiza and Rogers will receive $750 for their third prize documentary, “Cupcakes Aren't Enough: Underemployment in America,” about underemployment.
Htet and Bonnet will receive $750 for their third prize documentary, “A Change In The Wind,” about the energy future of the U.S.
Bullard and Dyer will receive $250 for their honorable mention documentary, “Small Business: The Backbone of Our Economy,” about small business.
Hargrove and Robinson will receive $250 for their honorable mention documentary, “Get Well Soon: Healing America's Healthcare Crisis,” about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform.
These students are about 328 winners across the U.S. who will receive a total of $100,000.
The 150 winning videos can be viewed here.