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East Greenwich and Narragansett Students Win Prizes in C-SPAN Video Documentary Competition

C-SPAN has announced that students in East Greenwich and Narragansett, are winners in C-SPAN’s national 2021 StudentCam competition.

Farrah Molina Martins and Lillian Ranney, students at Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, will receive $750 as third-prize winners for the documentary, “Know Your Worth: Wage Discrimination Today.”

Pieter Mushen, Manuel Rodrigues and Hadley Martinez, students at Narragansett High School in Narragansett, will receive $250 as honorable mention winners for the documentary, “Homelessness and Affordable Housing.”

Annabel Rarick and Dessa Molina Martins, students at Quest Montessori School in Narragansett and Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, will receive $250 as honorable mention winners for the documentary, “Forgotten: The Fight Toward Mental Health Justice.”

The competition, now in its 17th year, invited all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary. C-SPAN, in cooperation with cable television partners, asked students to join the national conversation on the challenges our country is facing with the theme: “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021.”

Despite the unique challenges brought about by COVID-19 this year, more than 2,300 students across the country participated in the contest. C-SPAN received over 1,200 entries from 43 states and Washington, D.C. The most popular topics addressed were:

  • Health Care (14.9%)
  • Environmental and Energy Policy (14.6%)
  • Equal Rights and Equity (13.5%)
  • Criminal Justice/Policing (7.6%)
  • Education (7.5%)

“With the continual shift in the educational landscape, it is difficult to overstate just how challenging the pandemic has proven for schools across our nation,” said Craig McAndrew, Director, C-SPAN Education Relations. “We are so impressed by the resilience and ingenuity of this year’s prize-winning students who have delivered among the finest short films in the history of the StudentCam competition.”

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, who also support StudentCam. In East Greenwich and Narragansett, C-SPAN is available locally through Cox.

“Cox is proud to continue our partnership with C-SPAN on their annual StudentCam competition,” said Jay Allbaugh, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox. “The caliber of work that these winning students produced is commendable and we offer our heartfelt congratulations.”

These winners are among 299 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 prizes and 97 honorable mention prizes. These winning videos will receive cash awards of $5,000, $3,000, $1,500, $750 and $250, respectively.

High school students competed on a regional level, with the United States divided into three regions: West, Central and East. Middle school students were judged on a national basis. The grand-prize winner was selected nationally among all regions and grade levels.

The 150 winning videos can be viewed at 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 pmcgorry@c-span.org.

The annual StudentCam competition is sponsored by the C-SPAN Education Foundation. Videos were evaluated by a panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives 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.

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