Frederick County High School Student Wins Prize For C-SPAN Video

The topic was on food insecurity.



Washington DC (KM) Congratulations go out to Danielle McNerney of Ijamsville. The Urbana High student is an honorable mention winner in C-SPAN’s national 2021 StudentCam competition. She will receive a $250 prize for her documentary entitled “Starvation Nation: Why America’s Food Insecurity Crisis Must Be Solved.”

The StudentCam competition, in its 17th year, invites all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary, according to C-SPAN. The young people are asked to join in the national conversation on the challenges facing the nation with the theme: “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021.”

C-SPAN says despite the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 2,300 students participated. There were more than 1,200 entries from 43 states and Washington DC.

Some of the popular topics were Health care (14.9%); Environment and Energy Policy (14.6%); Equal Rights and Equity (13.5%); Criminal Justice/Policing (7.6%) and Education (7.5%), according to C-SPAN.

“With the continual shift in the educational landscape, it is difficult to overstate just how challenging the pandemic has proven for schools across our nation,” says Craig McAndrew, Director of C-SPAN Education Relations, in a statement. “We are so impressed by the resilience and ingenuity of this year’s prize-winning students who have delivered among the finest short films in the history of the StudentCam competition.”

C-SPAN says this winner is among 299 students from across the country winning a total of $100,000. There is one grand prize, four first place and 16 second place and 37 third place winners.. There are also 97 honorable mentions.


Link to the video: Starvation Nation: Why America’s Food Insecurity Crisis Must Be Solved.

Video courtesy of C-SPAN



By Kevin McManus