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C‑SPAN Visits Long Reach High School to Honor StudentCam Documentary Winner

Posted: March 20th, 2017

C‑SPAN and Comcast visited Long Reach High School in Columbia on Tuesday, March 21, at 9 a.m., to honor Long Reach 10th-grader Sharon Jeon, who was named an Honorable Mention winner in C-SPAN’s national StudentCam documentary competition.

Jeon received a StudentCam certificate of merit and a $250 prize from a C-SPAN representative during a ceremony at her school. C‑SPAN’s 45-foot customized bus visited Long Reach as part of the recognition assembly. Jeon’s winning video, “Equity in Education,” was viewed during the congratulatory event.

In her video, Jeon concluded that educators and community members must take on implicit racial bias to bring equity to education. She included interviews with experts from the Howard County Public School System and the U.S. Department of Education, among others.

For this year’s StudentCam competition, students were asked to create a 5–7 minute video documentary on the topic “Your Message to Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?” The winners were chosen from 2,903 video submissions from almost 6,000 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C. Prizes were awarded to 150 students and 53 teachers, totaling $100,000 in prize money. All of the 2017 winning videos can be viewed on the StudentCam website.

The C‑SPAN Bus partners with local cable providers to visit schools and community events across the country. Aboard the bus, teachers and students will experience multimedia technology that showcases C‑SPAN’s programming and resources dedicated to showing the American political process.