Wisdom TV News Enters C-SPAN’s National Student Cam Contest with “What it Means to be American”

Staff Reports

The Wisdom High School TV News Crew has entered the 2019 National C-SPAN Student Cam Contest with a video documentary titled “What it Means to be American.” The five-minute documentary features interviews with several Wisdom students, as well as Principal Jonathan Trinh – a native of Vietnam – and Assistant Principal Sandra Garza, who is from Mexico.

Wisdom senior Daniel Tchomba produced the video, while Class of 2019 President Belinda Obasi reported on the video, under the guidance of Wisdom Journalism Adviser David Fanucchi. Their theme for the documentary was to highlight the many diverse nations from which our students come from, as well as our school leaders, and show that they all have the same ideas about the freedoms that being in the United States can offer.

StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the new 2019 competition theme, “What does it mean to be American? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience.”

With cash prizes totaling $100,000, C-SPAN awards prizes to 150 student documentaries, and over 50 teacher advisers. Winners will be announced in March.