C-SPAN Visits our School to Honor our StudentCam Documentary Winners
On Wednesday, May 18 our school and students were honored by a visit from C-SPAN to celebrate our StudentCam Documentary Winners! We are excited to welocme C-SPAN to our campus and are incredibly proud to have the achievements of our students' recognized.
Congratulations to last years winners, Class of 2022 seniors, Anahit Malumyan, and Sofia Gevorgian, as well as this years Honorable Mention winners Class of 2026 8th graders Sevag Markarian, Sevag Vakian, and Diana Karadanaian!
Read the full press release from C-SPAN below, and don't forget to click the links to watch our students' documentaries!
C-SPAN VISITS CANOGA PARK TO HONOR LOCAL STUDENTCAM DOCUMENTARY WINNERS
AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School students will be honored at ceremony in partnership with Spectrum
WASHINGTON (Date) – C-SPAN will visit AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park, CA on Wednesday, May 18 at TIME TBD to honor Sevag Markarian, Sevag Vakian and Diana Karadanaian for their winning entry in C-SPAN's annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam. Markarian, Vakian and Karadanaian, 8th graders, won Honorable Mention and $250 for their video, The Government's Approach Towards Climate Change: A Middle School Perspective.
This ceremony is among the first C-SPAN has hosted in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we will also be recognizing the 2021 StudentCam winners, Sofia Gevorgian and Anahit Malumyan for winning First Prize and $3,000 for their video, Dear Congress and Mr. President, Recognize Artsakh. A C-SPAN representative will join the community in recognizing them at an assembly of classmates, teachers and family. The ceremony also will include a viewing of the winning video.
The competition, now in its 18th year, invited all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary. At ABU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, teacher Fadi Beyrouthy made the competition part of his 8 th grade computer curriculum. 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?"
"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 Canoga Park, C-SPAN is available locally through Spectrum.
"Through C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition, young adults can explore and draw attention to issues central to community growth, which aligns with Spectrum’s focus to support and strengthen the towns and cities where we live and work,” said Adam Falk, Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs for Charter Communications, which operates the Spectrum brand of Internet, TV, Mobile and Voice services. "We applaud these winning students on the creativity they have demonstrated in their outstanding documentaries.”
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%)
2nd Amendment & Firearm Legislation (4%)
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. View all 150 winning videos on StudentCam.org.
In Canoga Park, C-SPAN programming is provided by Spectrum as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 225; C-SPAN2 on channel 226; and C-SPAN3 on channel 227 and on the web at C-SPAN.org.
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