Eastern Middle Students Win First Prize in C-SPAN Competition

Two Eastern Middle School students will take home the national first prize and $3,000 in the middle school division of C-SPAN’s 2019 StudentCam documentary competition, the company announced.

Ida Chen and Han Lee, eighth-graders at the school at 300 University Blvd. East, created a six-minute piece titled “Mc’America: America Runs on Fast Food.” The piece looks at the consumption of fast food in this country, its effects on public health such as obesity and healthcare costs, fast-food marketing, and other issues.

The theme for this year’s competition was “What does it mean to be American?” Students in middle and high school were asked to submit an entry about 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),” the company said in a press release.

Chen and Lee’s film will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. Eastern time and throughout the day on April 17.

In addition, the students, along with 15 other winners of second, third and honorable mention prizes from Eastern, will be recognized during a student assembly at 8:45 a.m. Friday, March 29 that will be attended by C-SPAN representatives, along with family, friends, school and elected officials, C-SPAN said.

Montgomery Blair High School also was well represented among the winners of this year’s competition, with 13 second, third and honorable mention winners. Those students will be honored at a similar 9 a.m. assembly at the school (51 University Blvd. East) Wednesday, March 27.

Here are the lists of winners as received from C-SPAN:

The following Eastern student groups are second prize winners and will each receive $1,500 for their documentaries:

  • Eleanor Pugh, Katherine Gough and Rebecca Meek for “The Youth Ballot: Lowering the Voting Age.” This video will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET and throughout the day on April 9.
  • Allison Fan and Kaitlyn Li for “The Gender Wage Gap.” This video will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET and throughout the day on April 13.

The following student groups are third prize winners and will each receive $750 for their documentaries:

The following student groups are honorable mention winners and will each receive $250 for their documentaries:

The following Montgomery Blair student group is a second prize winner and will receive $1,500 for their documentaries:

  • Hunter Walterman, Isaac Newman and Rekha Leonard for “Rockin’ in the Free World,” about music and the American experience. This video will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET and throughout the day on April 16.

The following student groups are third prize winners and will each receive $750 for their documentaries:

The following student groups are honorable mention winners and will each receive $250 for their documentaries:

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Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Eastern Middle Students Win First Prize in C-SPAN Competition