The following statement was issued Friday by the Indiana House of Representatives:
STATEHOUSE - State Reps. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) and Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) congratulate students from Norwell High School in Ossian on winning C-SPAN's national 2014 StudentCam competition.
The students received their awards during a ceremony at the high school and also toured the C-SPAN Bus when it stopped at Norwell. The C-SPAN Bus visits cities, schools and universities across the country, promoting C-SPAN's educational and governmental resources for students, teachers and community members.
"Out of the 2,355 video submissions that C-SPAN received, I am thrilled that two of the winning documentaries were created by students in our community," said Rep. Lehman. "This is a testament to the high caliber of creativity and critical thinking of our local young people."
The competition, in its 10th year, challenges middle and high school students to produce a five-to-seven minute documentary on a national policy issue. This year, the students were asked to answer the question: "What's the most important issue the U.S Congress should consider in 2014?"
"StudentCam serves as a yearly reminder that young people are not only passionate about issues of national significance, but their ideas and opinions are also worthy of our consideration," said Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN Manager of Education Relations.
Three seniors, Kelly McAvoy, Ashley Miller and Alyssa Gill, won third place for their documentary titled "America's Undefined Future." They received a total of $750 in prize money.
Bailey Gerber, Stephanie Macon and Jenna Meyer, also seniors, received honorable mentions for their documentary titled "Implementing Digital Learning: The Future of Education" and were awarded a total of $250.
"It is encouraging to see our students engaging in national issues at a young age," said Rep. Leonard. "That passion and drive will serve them well in their future endeavors and contribute to the betterment of our community."
The "America's Undefined Future" documentary can be viewed at http://www.viddler.com/v/ddf7b03d, and the "Implementing Digital Learning: The Future of Education" can be viewed at http://www.viddler.com/v/2a567d13.
Rep. Lehman represents all of Adams County and portions of Allen and Wells counties. He serves as the Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Courts and Criminal Code and Public Policy committees.
Rep. Leonard represents Huntington County, as well as portions of Wells and Allen counties. Rep. Leonard serves as the Local Government Finance Subcommittee Chair of the Ways and Means Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee.
Note to the editor: Below is a photo of Reps. Leonard and Lehman honoring students from Norwell High School on winning C-SPAN's national 2014 StudentCam competition.