What does it mean to be American?
StudentCam encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. This year, students in grades six through 12 were asked to create a short (five to six minutes) video documentary on a topic related to the new 2019 competition theme, "What does it mean to be American?” The students had to choose a constitutional right, national characteristic or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience.
Anne and Ashley discussed freedom of the press in their documentary, how important it is to democracy and how it defines part of the American experience. The two winners interviewed local officials and members of Congress. Anne and Ashley won $1,500 for their 2nd place prize.
With cash prizes totaling $100,000, C-SPAN awards prizes to 150 student documentaries, and over 50 teacher advisors.