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Local Sioux Falls Student Wins C-SPAN Competition

Mar 11, 2021 04:47PM ● By The Hood Magazine
Sioux Falls Student Wins Prize in C-SPAN Video Documentary Competition
During unprecedented times, students addressed issues of national importance
WASHINGTON (March 10, 2021) – Today C-SPAN announced that Sean Baker, a student at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a second-prize winner in C-SPAN’s national 2021 StudentCam competition. Baker will receive $1,500 for the documentary, "America's Creative Economy: The Impact of Covid-19," about the importance of the arts and how the community has been affected by the pandemic. This documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET and throughout the day April 15.
The competition, now in its 17th year, invited all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary. C-SPAN, in cooperation with cable television partners, asked students to join the national conversation on the challenges our country is facing with the theme: "Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021."
Despite the unique challenges brought about by COVID-19 this year, more than 2,300 students across the country participated in the contest. C-SPAN received over 1,200 entries from 43 states and Washington, D.C. The most popular topics addressed were:
  • Health Care (14.9%)
  • Environmental and Energy Policy (14.6%)
  • Equal Rights and Equity (13.5%)
  • Criminal Justice/Policing (7.6%)
  • Education (7.5%)
"With the continual shift in the educational landscape, it is difficult to overstate just how challenging the pandemic has proven for schools across our nation," said Craig McAndrew, Director, C-SPAN Education Relations. "We are so impressed by the resilience and ingenuity of this year's prize-winning students who have delivered among the finest short films in the history of the StudentCam competition."
"Midco is proud to continue our partnership with C-SPAN on their annual StudentCam competition," said Paige Pearson Meyer, Director of Corporate Communications at Midco. "The caliber of work that Sean produced is commendable and we offer our heartfelt congratulations."
This winner is among 299 students from across the country 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.
High school students competed on a regional level, with the United States divided into three regions: West, Central and East. Middle school students were judged on a national basis. The grand-prize winner was selected nationally among all regions and grade levels.  
The 150 winning videos can be viewed at and may be used in a broadcast with attribution to C-SPAN. To schedule an interview with one or more of the winning students, please contact Pam McGorry at [email protected].
The annual StudentCam competition is sponsored by the C-SPAN Education Foundation. Videos were evaluated by a panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives based on the thoughtful examination of the competition’s theme, quality of expression, inclusion of varying sides of the documentary’s topic, and effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming.