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Thursday, May 31, 2018 1:20 pm

C-SPAN honors 'motivated' Canterbury student for documentary

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette


A Canterbury Middle School student described by a teacher as self-driven was recognized Thursday for her work on a documentary about stem cells.

C-SPAN conducts a StudentCam competition each year in which students from around the U.S. create documentaries that focus on provisions in the U.S. Constitution.

Vonnia Anwar, 13, researched stem cells and produced a 6-minute 52-second video that included questions of whether medical research and procedures should include the use of stem cells. In the video, she cites the 5th Amendment, which says citizens should not be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process.

Her documentary was selected as an honorable mention in the middle school category.

"She's very self-driven and motivated," said Miriel McFarland, a social studies teacher at the school.

A Thursday morning ceremony at the school featured a bus from C-SPAN. Vonnia's video was shown.

The video can be viewed here:

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