Madison Students Win Prizes in C-SPAN Video Documentary Competition

Madison Students Win Prizes in C-SPAN Video Documentary Competition


WASHINGTON (March 15, 2023) – Today C-SPAN announced that students at Madison Central High School in Madison, Mississippi are winners in C-SPAN’s national 2023 StudentCam competition. The following students have won prizes:

Camille Wilson and Chloe Spitz will receive $750 as third prize winners for the documentary, "Rural Healthcare: The Dying Roots of Our Towns," about preventing closure of rural hospitals.

Maya Freedman and Ana Deaton will receive $750 as third prize winners for the documentary, "What Lies Beyond the Buildings," about deforestation resulting from industrialization.

Ellen Jones will receive $250 as an honorable mention prize winner for the documentary, "The Problem: Voting Rights in the US.

Mariam Abdo, Reed Cascio and Hollin Brewer will receive $250 as honorable mention prize winners for the documentary, "The Filibuster."

C-SPAN, in cooperation with its cable television partners, asked middle and high school students to engage in a national conversation on the challenges our country is facing with the theme: "If you were a newly elected member of Congress, which issue would be your first priority and why?"

Now in its 19th year, this project-based learning experience gives students the opportunity to explore multiple perspectives on topics that are important to them and consider solutions to address them. In response, nearly 3,000 students participated, and C-SPAN received over 1,500 entries from 40 states, Washington, D.C. and Abu Dhabi. The most popular topics addressed were: 

  • Health Care (16%)
  • Environment (14%)
  • Education (12%)
  • Economy (10%)
  • Gun Violence and Firearm Policy (8%)

"For the first time in the history of the competition, we asked students to envision themselves in a position of power, as newly elected members of Congress," said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN Education Relations. "As each participant considered which issue would be their first priority and why, they creatively wove detailed research with expert interviews and proposed actions to address their concerns. Capitalizing on the platform of short film, these passionate young people masterfully showcased the fruits of active learning, and we are excited to share their work with the country."

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, who also support StudentCam. In Madison, C-SPAN is available locally throughComcast. 

"Comcast is thrilled to honor our local winners in the 2023 StudentCam competition," said Jason Gumbs, Regional SVP, Comcast. "What an inspiration to hear young voices tackle such important issues in a creative and thoughtful way. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to these talented students on this outstanding achievement."

More than 300 students from across the country are 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. The 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

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.

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