[Archived from March 20, 2009]
[by Shiela Steinman Wallace]
Justin Paul, a ninth grade student at duPont Manual High School received an honorable mention in C-SPAN’s national 2009 “StudentCam” video competition.
Justin is taking an AP human geography class this year, and his teacher gave the students a choice – they could do either a National History Day Project or create a video for the C-SPAN competition. Justin chose the latter.
To compete, Justin had to produce a 5-8 minute documentary addressing the topic, “A message to the new president: What is the most urgent issue for the new president to address after taking office, and why?”
For the project, Justin decided to create a video, “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Looking Towards the Future.” It was a natural choice. “I knew I had a lot of connections because I was a Jew in a Jewish community,” he explained.
“My Dad suggested I call Sara Wagner, and she said to call Peter Anik and Mark Isaacs. As I interviewed each one, they suggested new people.”
In the course of creating the video, Justin had to present all sides of the issue, so he interviewed seven people including Rep. John Yarmuth, Peter Anik, Mark Isaacs, Bashar Masri, Rabbi Avrohom Litvin, Omar Attum and Sharon Wallace.
The top 27 videos will air on C-SPAN, one each day, starting April 1, at 6:50 a.m. Interviews with the winning student will air at 9:30 a.m. during C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
There were over 1900 students from 41 states, the District of Columbia and Guam submitted nearly 1000 entries to the contest; and a total of 75 winners were selected.
The videos were judged by a panel of C-SPAN representatives and evaluated based on the thoughtful examination of the contest theme, quality of expression, adherence to the time limit, balance of views presented and use of C-SPAN programming.
Before starting the project, Justin said, “I wasn’t fully informed on the topic. Now I’ve seen both sides of the situation.”