Idaho High School Students Make Big Impact In National Contest
A pair of Meridian students at Mountain View High School and a pair of students at Compass Academy in Idaho Falls won the honorable mention prize in C-SPAN's National 2023 StudenCam Competition.
C-SPAN asked middle and high school students to engage in a national conversation on the challenges our country faces with the theme, "If you were a newly elected member of Congress, which issue would be your first priority and why?" Nearly 3,000 students participated in its now 19th year. C-SPAN received over 1,500 entries from 40 states, Washington, D.C., and Abu Dhabi.
The most popular topics that were addressed:
- Health Care (16%)
- Environment (14%)
- Education (12%)
- Economy (10%)
- Gun Violence and Firearm Policy (8%)
"For the first time in the history of the competition, we asked students to envision themselves in a position of power as newly elected members of Congress," said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN Education Relations. "As each participant considered which issue would be their first priority and why, they creatively wove detailed research with expert interviews and proposed actions to address their concerns. Capitalizing on the platform of short film, these passionate young people masterfully showcased the fruits of active learning, and we are excited to share their work with the country."
Camden Hyde and Adison Bendorf were the two students who won the honorable mention prize in C-SPAN's national 2023 StudentCam competition and will receive $250 for the documentary "Health Care or Wealth Care," about public healthcare.
You can watch Camden and Adison's documentary here.
They weren't the only ones from Idaho to win a prize for honorable mention. Addison Willis & Petra Christensen at Compass Academy in Idaho Falls also won for their documentary "Creating a New Education for Our Generation."