DES MOINES — Two Dallas Center-Grimes students, juniors Adam Koch and Tyler Cooney, were presented a $1,500 check on Monday, April 3 for their second prize win in C-SPAN’s national StudentCam video competition.


C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition asked students to create a documentary and were challenged with the question, “What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?” In response, Koch and Cooney created a six and a half minute documentary titled ‘Powerhouse of the Prairie,’ which focused on the importance of renewable energy resources in Iowa and how other states can pattern after what Iowa has done. The documentary [aired] on C-SPAN Friday, April 7 at 7:50 a.m. CST”


“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.


In recent years, Iowa students from Aplington-Parkersburg and Cedar Falls High Schools created StudentCam documentaries that also earned national recognition.