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Sophie and Lauren
FHS Students Win Prize in C-SPAN’S video documentary competition

March 28, 2019

C-SPAN announced that Sophie Foley and Lauren Higginbotham, students at Fishers High School, are second prize winners in C-SPAN’s national 2019 StudentCam competition. They will receive $1,500 for the documentary, "Students Ruin the First Amendment," about freedom of speech. The documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET and throughout the day on April 7.

Each year since 2006, C-SPAN partners with its local cable television providers in communities nationwide to invite middle and high school students to produce short documentaries about a subject of national importance. This year students addressed the theme, "What does it mean to be American? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience."

"Over the last 15 years, we've had the privilege of hearing viewpoints on a wide variety of issues directly from young filmmakers across the country," said C-SPAN's Manager of Education Relations Craig McAndrew. "This year, students clearly stepped up their approach to deliver thoughtful and diverse responses to our competition theme, which reflect enormous time and effort put into the research and construction of their documentaries."

"As a strong supporter of civic education, Comcast proudly partners with C-SPAN for its annual documentary competition, StudentCam. Each year, we are impressed and inspired by Fisher area students' insight and creativity tackling national issues through their short videos. This year's winners creatively portrayed what it means to be American," said Matt Kelley, Senior Manager of Government & Regulatory Affairs for Comcast. "We at Comcast are proud to join C-SPAN in congratulating the winning students at Fishers High School."

These winners are among the 340 students across the country winning a total of $100,000, including one grand prize winner, four first prize winners, 16 second prize winners, 32 third prize winners and 97 honorable mentions. This year C-SPAN marks its 15th year of the competition and awards its 1 millionth dollar in StudentCam prize money. 

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