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Zack Cohen was awarded second place in C-SPAN’s national studentCam contest.

Zack Cohen was awarded second place in C-SPAN’s national studentCam contest.

A big red bus visited The Davis Academy on May 9, when representatives from C-SPAN came to the school to present seventh grader Zachary Cohen with his second-place prize in C-SPAN’s national studentCam contest. Only one other student from the state of Georgia placed in the competition.

After the award presentation, the entire seventh-grade class was treated to an assembly with C-SPAN professionals and a tour of the C-SPAN bus, which is fully equipped with the technology that helps viewers learn about government and become active citizens.

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C-SPAN’s studentCam invites middle- and high-schoolers to produce a five- to eight- minute documentary on a national issue. This year, students used cameras to answer the question, “What’s the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?”

More than 3,500 students in 44 states and Washington, D.C. submitted a total of 1,893 entries to C-SPAN this year— nearly 60 percent more than the number of entries received in 2012. Students worked in teams or as individuals to address a wide range of public policy issues, from bullying to troop withdrawal to the national debt.

Cohen’s project, “Education: Take A Spin” focused on the importance of education funding. His impressive video included interviews with Georgia 4th District Congressman Henry Johnson as well as Georgia State Public School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

For his efforts, Cohen was awarded $1500, and as his Davis Academy faculty advisor, Kendrick Phillips was awarded $125 to spend on digital video equipment for the school.

Zack Cohen’s second-place-winning video can be viewed at studentcam.org.

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