Pioneer High trio earns honors in C-SPAN documentary contest

Three Pioneer High School juniors were awarded an honorable mention for their documentary production in the C-SPAN 2011 StudentCam Competition. Rosanna Neuhausler, Ryan Murphy, and John Wissman, produced a piece called “Ann Arbor, MI – East Stadium Bridges.”

C-SPAN’s StudentCam Competition is an annual national video documentary contest that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect communities and the nation. A total of 1,069 videos from 40 states and Washington, D.C. were entered in this year’s competition for students in grades 6-12.

A total of 141 students from across the country won cash prizes including one grand prize winner, two first prize winners, eight second prize winners, 16 third prize winners, and 48 honorable mentions.

For the contest, students were required to produce a piece 5-8 minutes in length, to fully explore their documentary’s topic, include C-SPAN programming relating to the topic, offer various opinions about the topic and put credits or citation list at the end of the documentary. Students were also allowed to include interviews, video pertaining to their topic, copyright-free music, graphics, diagrams, still images and narration using an original, student-written script.

View the Pioneer video here:

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