Conrad Weiser students win honorable mention in C-SPAN documentary competition

WASHINGTON - Four Conrad Weiser High School students have been recognized for their documentaries in a national competition sponsored by C-SPAN.

The students were named honorable mention winners in the cable TV network's 2013 StudentCam competition.

David Nelson, an 11th grade student, will receive $250 for his documentary, "American Empire," about foreign policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Jeremy Smith, Sarah Wisser and Dylan Metzinger, 12th grade students, will receive $250 for their documentary, "Getting America Back to Work," about unemployment.

The national competition, now in its ninth year, invites middle and high school students to produce a five- to eight-minute documentary on a national policy issue.

This year, students were asked to answer the question, "What's the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?" In response, C-SPAN said it received 1,893 video submissions from more than 3,500 students in 44 states and Washington, DC.

"StudentCam proves yearly that students are paying attention to the pressing issues of the day, and right now, that's the economy," said Joanne Wheeler, C-SPAN vice president of education relations.  "As the president begins his second term, students took advantage of a great opportunity to send him a public message about what is most important to them, and the winning videos are compelling."

The 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, organizers said.

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