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Lake Charles Students Win Prize in C-SPAN Video Documentary Competition

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Jaleaha Joseph, Shontenaisha Manuel & Jason Boudreaux receive $3,000 for the First Prize documentary, “FEMA's Impact on Our Lives in Southwest Louisiana.” (Courtesy Photo)

Today C-SPAN announced that Jaleaha Joseph, Shontenaisha Manuel and Jason Boudreaux, students at College Street Vocational Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, are first prize winners in C-SPAN’s national 2022 StudentCam competition. Joseph, Manuel and Boudreaux, will receive $3,000 for the documentary, “FEMA’s Impact on Our Lives in Southwest Louisiana.” This documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET and throughout the day on April 20.

The competition, now in its 18th year, invited all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary. C-SPAN, in cooperation with its cable television partners, asked students to explore a federal policy or program and address the theme: “How does the federal government impact your life?”

In response, more than 3,000 students across the country participated in the contest. C-SPAN received over 1,400 entries from 41 states, Washington, D.C., Morocco and South Korea. The most popular topics addressed were:

Environment & Pollution (10%)
Health Care & Mental Health (9%)
COVID-19 & Recovery (7%)
Immigration (5%)
2nd Amendment & Firearm Legislation (4%)

“This year we asked students to reflect on how a federal program or policy is relevant to their lives and communities,” said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN Education Relations. “The winners showcased exceptional research and production values as they wove personal stories with historical or contemporary issues. These middle and high school students far exceeded our expectations, and we are elated to share their hard work with the country.”

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, who also support StudentCam. In Lake Charles, C-SPAN is available through Suddenlink, the local provider of internet, TV, home and mobile phone service.

“Suddenlink is proud to partner with C-SPAN on StudentCam, which provides our future leaders with the opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Michael Shaffer, regional vice president of Suddenlink. “We applaud Jason, Jaleaha and Shontenaisha for their creative and thoughtful documentary that captures the impact of severe weather events on the Lake Charles community.”

More than 300 students from across the country are winning a total of $100,000. C-SPAN is awarding one grand prize, 4 first prizes, 16 second prizes, 32 third prizes and 97 honorable mention prizes. These winning videos will receive cash awards of $5,000, $3,000, $1,500, $750 and $250, respectively.

High school students competed on a regional level, with the United States divided into three regions: West, Central and East. Middle school students were judged on a national basis. The grand prize winner was selected nationally among all regions and grade levels.

The 150 winning videos can be viewed at www.studentcam.org and may be used in a broadcast with attribution to C-SPAN. To schedule an interview with one or more of the winning students, please contact Pam McGorry at pmcgorry@c-span.org.

The annual StudentCam competition is sponsored by the C-SPAN Education Foundation. Videos were evaluated by a panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives 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.

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