Ft. Payne students win prizes in video documentary competition

Ft. Payne students win prizes in video documentary competition

FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) - Students from Fort Payne were named as winners in a video documentary competition held by cable network C-SPAN.

Allie Stanley, a freshman at Fort Payne High School, placed third in the 2016 StudentCam competition. She will receive $750 for her documentary, entitled "Manufacturing: Made in the USA." Click here to watch

Cole Blalock and Austin Evans, sixth graders at Fort Payne Middle School, won Honorable Mention and will receive $250 for their piece, "Illegal Immigration: The Two-Faced Problem." Click here to watch

The national competition, now in its 12th year, invites middle school and high school students to produce a 5-7 minute documentary on a national policy issue.

"With the presidential campaign in the forefront of people's minds, we wanted to hear from students across the country about the issues that matter to them," said Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN's Manager of Education Relations. "StudentCam provides these young people, many of whom are too young to vote, with a platform to express their opinions and have their voices heard."

The most popular topic chosen by students was the economy. Nineteen percent of entries were about issues affecting the economy such as poverty, homelessness, and minimum wage, followed by equality (13 percent), and education (12 percent).

These winners are among 332 students from 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.

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