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C-SPAN airs award-winning documentary by RNE Convergence Media Students


Journalism students at Richland Northeast High School are making the grade on producing award-winning documentaries. C-SPAN, Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, recently announced the winners of its national 2019 StudentCam documentary competition. This year’s theme was, “What does it mean to be American?” Students were able to choose a constitutional right, national characteristic or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience. This year C-SPAN received 2,923 StudentCam documentaries from over 6,300 students representing 48 states and Washington, DC. Students in the Convergence Media Magnet Program at Richland Northeast created four of the 151 winning documentaries.
The documentary, “Free Speech in America”, created by Darius Adamson, Darius Darby, and Gabrielle “Gabby” Greenley won Second Place. They received a $1,500 cash prize and their documentary will air on C-SPAN on April 8 beginning at 6:50 a.m. and play throughout the day. The short film features local officials, including SC House Representative Dr. Ivory Thigpen, ACLU of South Carolina Executive Director Shaundra Young Scott, and Attorney Deyaska Spencer.
Third Place winners Jamie Collins, Lo'Ren Suber, and Janiya Valentine received a $750 cash prize for their work, "The Power of the Second Amendment". Two videos produced by
Keyanna Argumeda, Will Davidson, Yasmin Lee, Caleb Daniels and Wade Fletcher earned Honorable Mention and $250 cash prizes.
This is the third consecutive year that students have won awards under the leadership of Convergence Media Magnet Director Andrew “A. J.” Chambers. C-SPAN representatives visited Richland Northeast’s campus earlier this month and presented the awards. Additionally, students toured C-SPAN’s newly rebranded, interactive bus.