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C-SPAN honors local Frankton students in contest

FRANKTON, Ind. (WISH) – Three Frankton High School seniors have won Honorable Mention in C-SPAN’s National 2015 StudentCam competition.

Tarah Collins, Nate Gollmer and Jacob Whatley submitted their short documentary titled “Eminent Domain: Mounds Lake,” into C-SPAN’s national competition, little knowing they would receive $250 as an honorable mention award for their work.

The competition, now in it’s 11th year, invites middle school children (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to create, write, direct and produce a 5-7 minute documentary about a national policy topic.

The question C-SPAN asks students who are determining their documentary topic: “The Three Branches and You: tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community.”

Over 2,200 student videos were submitted in response.

The documentary shorts were judged by a panel of C-SPAN educational representatives on whether the shorts included thoughtful examination of theme, quality, inclusion of differing perspectives and effective inclusion of C-SPAN programming.

Tarah, Nate and Jacob were three of the 347 winning students from 45 participating states.

To watch the 150 winning documentary video shorts, click here.