StudentCam Prize Winners

StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. 2023 marked the 19th year of the competition and we invited middle and high school students to create a short documentary addressing the theme: "If you were a newly elected member of Congress, which issue would be your first priority and why?"

11th grade students Brianna Johnson & Katie Schmidt from Troy Athens High School in Michigan won 2nd Prize for their documentary on the impacts of overcrowding in our national parks and park resources, "Loved to Death." As a 2nd Prize winners, the duo will share $1,500 in prize money.

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable and satellite television companies, who also support StudentCam. In Troy, C-SPAN is available locally through Comcast.

"Comcast is proud to continue the long tradition of partnering with C-SPAN to get middle and high school students interested and engaged in the political process through StudentCam," said Michelle Gilbert, Vice President of Public Relations for Comcast in Michigan. "A huge congratulations to Katie and Brianna on the hard work and creativity it took to produce their award-winning documentary."

More Information:
WATCH: Loved to Death by Brianna Johnson & Katie Schmidt

Congratulatory Message - Troy, Michigan Mayor Ethan Baker

Congratulatory Message - Troy School District Superintendent Dr. Rich Machesky

Congratulatory Message - Property and Environment Research (PERC) Policy Director Hannah Downey

Certficate of Recognition - Michigan State Representative Sharon MacDonell

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Katie - Congresswoman Haley Stevens

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Brianna - Congresswoman Haley Stevens

C-SPAN Founder Brian Lamb and co-President Susan Swain present the duo with a Certificate of Special Recognition

As 2nd prize winners, Katie and Brianna will receive $1,500 for their work