C-SPAN announced that Adam Koch and Tyler Cooney, students at Dallas Center-Grimes High School in Grimes, Iowa, are second prize winners in C-SPAN’s national 2017 StudentCam competition. They will receive $1,500 for their video entitled, “Powerhouse of the Prairie,” about energy.


Their documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m., eastern time, and throughout the day on April 7.


Each year, since 2006, C-SPAN partners with local cable affiliates in communities nationwide to invite middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to produce short documentaries on an issue of national importance. This year, students answered the question, “Your message to Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?”


In response, C-SPAN received a record 2,903 video submissions from over 5,600 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C. Students worked in teams or as individuals to address a wide range of public policy issues from equality and the economy, to the environment and education.


“With the new president and Congress in office, we wanted to hear from students about public policy issues they would like addressed in 2017,” said Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN’s Manager of Education Relations. “StudentCam offers young people the opportunity to connect with lawmakers and experts and provides them with a platform to voice their opinions creatively.” T


he most popular topics chosen by students were equality (16 percent), which included police brutality, racial and gender discrimination, and women’s rights, followed by the economy (13 percent) and the environment (11 percent). C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, which support StudentCam.


In Grimes, C-SPAN is available locally through Mediacom.


“Mediacom is honored to partner with C-SPAN on their annual documentary contest, StudentCam, and are happy to congratulate local winners, Adam Koch and Tyler Cooney, from Dallas Center Grimes High School. These students tackled an issue that was important to them, their community and our state. It was a valuable educational experience for the students to produce this documentary, and we applaud C-SPAN as they continue to offer educational opportunities to young leaders to voice their opinions,” said Ed Pardini, Mediacom Senior Vice President.


These winners are among 321 students from across the country winning a total of $100,000, including one grand prize winner, four first prize winners, 16 second prize winners, 32 third prize winners and 97 honorable mentions. The 150 winning videos may be viewed at http://www.studentcam.org/winners17.htm and may be used in a broadcast with attribution to C-SPAN.