Grove City students win Honorable Mention in C-SPAN contest

GROVE CITY, Pa. (WKBN) – Three seniors at Grove City Area High School won Honorable Mention awards in C-SPAN’s national 2015 StudentCam video documentary competition.

Lucas Zenobi, Noah Livingston and Caroline Coulter will receive $250 for their documentary “Freedom’s College – A Collision of Values.” The documentary tells the¬†story of Grove City College, Title IX, and the historic court case “Grove City College v. Bell.”

The national competition, now in its 11th year, invites middle school and high school students to produce a 5-minute to 7-minute documentary on a national policy issue, according to a news release from C-SPAN.

Students were asked to answer the question, “The Three Branches and You: Tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community.” In response, C-SPAN received 2,280 video submissions from almost 5,000 students in 45 states and Washington, DC.

“This year, the competition saw its greatest number of participants ever,” said Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN Manager of Education Relations. “All aspects of these student video productions, including the research, planning, and diverse range of expert interviews, demonstrate the highest levels of critical thought and initiative.”

“StudentCam affords our nation’s youth a platform to express their opinions on national issues, and we’re confident these documentaries will prove eye opening and inspire viewers across the country,” McAndrew said in the release.

Documentaries were judged by a panel of C-SPAN education representatives and evaluated based on the thoughtful examination of the competition’s theme, quality of expression, inclusion of varying sides of the documentary’s topic and effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming.

The competition resulted in 347 students across the country winning a total of $100,000, including one grand prize winner, four first-prize winners, 16 second-prize winners, 32 third-prize winners and 97 honorable mentions.

For the 2015 competition, the top three most popular documentary topics were education, health care and the economy.

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, which support StudentCam. In Grove City, C-SPAN is available locally through Armstrong Group.

“Armstrong is proud to partner with C-SPAN on their annual StudentCam documentary competition and is excited to congratulate Lucas Zenobi, Noah Livingston and Caroline Coulter from our local community. It’s a rare opportunity to honor students for thinking critically about issues important in our community and across the nation. We are pleased to recognize them locally and nationally for their creative academic achievement,” Melinda Weaver, General Manager, said in a news release.

To learn more about the program and view the other winning entries, visit the C-SPAN StudentCam website.

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