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StudentCam Prize Winners

StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. The competition, now in its 18th year, invited all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary asking students to explore a federal policy or program and address the theme: "How does the federal government impact your life?"

7th grade student Ada Watson from RD and Euzelle Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina won 2nd Prize for her documentary on issues related to the prison system and incarceration, "Our Hands Are Tied." As a 2nd Prize winner, Ada has won $1,500 in prize money.

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable and satellite television companies, who also support StudentCam. In Chapel Hill, 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 Ada and all of the winning students on the creativity they have demonstrated in their outstanding documentaries."

More Information:
WATCH: Our Hands Are Tied by Ada Watson



North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper - Congratulatory Message



Chapel Hill, North Carolina Mayor Pam Hemminger - Congratulatory Message



North Carolina Assistant Appellate Defender David Andrews - Congratulatory Message



Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools School Board Chair Deon Temne - Congratulatory Message



C-SPAN Founder Brian Lamb and co-President Susan Swain present Ada with a Certificate of Special Recognition



Ada will receive $1,500 for winning 2nd Prize