WASHINGTON (PR) -- C-SPAN announced today that Ty Rickard, a student at Rehobeth High School in Rehobeth, Alabama, is an honorable mention winner in C-SPAN’s national 2019 StudentCam competition. Rickard will receive $250 for the documentary, "Freedom."
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."
In response, a record 6,318 students (a 10 percent increase over 2018) from 48 states and Washington, D.C., participated. The most popular topics among the 2,923 submissions included First Amendment rights (17 percent), equality/discrimination (13 percent) and immigration (9 percent).
"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."
C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, whom also support StudentCam. In Rehobeth, C-SPAN is available locally through Spectrum.
"As a strong supporter of civic education to make communities stronger, Spectrum proudly partners with C-SPAN for its annual documentary competition, StudentCam. Each year, we are impressed and inspired by Rehobeth students' insight and creativity tackling national issues through their short videos. This year's winners creatively portrayed what it means to be American," said Adam Falk, SVP, State Government Affairs for Charter Communications. "We at Spectrum are proud to join C-SPAN in congratulating Ty Rickard as an honorable mention winner."
Rickard is 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.
The annual 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.