March 10, 2010

McKinley Middle School students win $5,000
in C-SPAN documentary competition

A screenshot from the winning video

A student team from McKinley Middle School won the grand prize in the C-SPAN 2010 StudentCam documentary competition.

Eighth graders Madison Richards, Samantha Noll and Lauren Nixon topped more than 1,000 other middle school and high school teams with their seven-minute documentary “I’ve Got the Power.” The winners were announced today by C-SPAN, the Washington-based public affairs cable TV network. The complete video is here.

The documentary is about the need for clean future energy sources and examines the potential for developing more nuclear power plants in the United States. The students interviewed classmates, energy experts and toured a nuclear power plant to create the production which started in September and wrapped up in January. The team’s adviser is Larry Jozwik.

The three students will split a $5,000 prize and McKinley Middle School will receive $1,000 for video equipment.

The announcement and a clip from “I’ve Got the Power” can be viewed at the StudentCam website. A live interview with the students on C-SPAN is scheduled for April 27.