Students Win Big in Annual C-SPAN Documentary Competition

June 9, 2021

Evelyn Shue and Ida Chen, sophomores at Richard Montgomery and Winston Churchill high schools, won first place in StudentCam, C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Their video, “High Stakes,” is a documentary about education and standardized testing.

Second place winners were Aileen Qi and Kevin Rha, sophomores at Montgomery Blair High School. Their video is "Let Science Speak.” During a weeklong period of public voting where more than 71,000 votes were cast, "Let Science Speak" received more than 11,000, winning the "Fan Favorite" prize.

Second prize winners in middle school included:

Jamie Lewis, Lily Scheckner and Noelle Mathews

8th Grade

"Pervasive: How Sexual Violence is Becoming Textbook in Schools and Colleges"

Eastern Middle School


Dermott Foley and Tyler Foley

6th Grade

"The Crisis Within A Crisis: Children with Special Needs & The Pandemic"

Eastern Middle School

Third prize winners were:

Anna Li, Aarushi Soni and Isabel Wu

10th Grade

"The Criminal Injustice System"

Poolesville High School

Alyssa Limjuco, Gabriela Kolbe and Charlotte Foster

10th Grade


Montgomery Blair High School

Carina Guo

11th Grade

"Flatlining: The Case for Healthcare Expansion"

Richard Montgomery High School


Samantha Jaffe, Eliana Finberg & Sophia Stein

10th Grade

"Making it to Motherhood"

Montgomery Blair High School

Shairee Arora and Aarushi Gupta

10th Grade

"Educate, Protect, Elect: The LGBTQ+ Community in 2021"

Richard Montgomery High School

Simran Ohri and Bridget Griffith

11th & 12th Grade

"Champions for Justice: Supreme Court Reform"

Montgomery Blair High School

Third place for middle school winners included:

Ellis Chung, Shreya Ohri and Ashley Taylor

8th Grade

"All Men Are Created Equal: The Underrepresentation of Women in Government"

Eastern Middle School

MCPS had 17 honorable mention winners as well. The full list can be viewed here.


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