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Bloomington middle schoolers win national C-SPAN documentary awards


Hunter Tabor, Caden Smith and Dylan Stegemoller from Batchelor Middle School won a second-place prize with their documentary  "Educating America's Youth: Our Top Priority." The documentary will be airing throughout the day April 13 on C-SPAN.  Photo Illustration by Izzy Myszak

Bloomington students from Batchelor Middle School won prizes for C-SPAN’s national 2020 StudentCam Competition.

C-SPAN partners with local cable television providers every year to bring this competition to high schoolers and middle schoolers across the United States. The competition involves creating a short documentary about an important national topic. This year, students sent documentaries addressing the question “What’s your vision in 2020? Explore the issue you most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign.”

Hunter Tabor, Caden Smith and Dylan Stegemoller's six-minute documentary "Educating America's Youth: Our Top Priority" aired throughout the day Monday on C-SPAN. The student will receive $1,500 to split between the three of them for winning one of the 16 second-place prizes with their documentary.

Aden Pierce, Reed Pierce and William Allsop will also receive $250 to split for winning one of the 97 honorable mention prizes for their documentary "2020: Time to Solve Economic Inequality."

The competition is sponsored by the C-SPAN educational fund and is locally available in Bloomington through Comcast.  

This year, the C-SPAN  StudentCam competition received over 2,500 submissions, and 150 won prizes, according to a C-SPAN press release . A total of $100,000 has been given out in prizes in the StudentCam competition for the past 16 years.

The videos are judged by a panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives. They evaluate the films based on the examination of the competition’s theme, the quality of expression, the inclusion of various sides of the documentary’s topic and the effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming.

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