QUINCY, Mass. — In support of C-SPAN’s national “StudentCam” initiative, Atlantic Broadband is inviting middle school and high school students in its service areas to create and submit video documentaries on the theme “What Does It Mean to be American?”

The documentary competition, now in its 15th year, is asking students to create a five- to six-minute documentary highlighting a constitutional right, national characteristic or historic event that defines the American experience. Documentaries must include clips of supporting C-SPAN video that relate to the chosen topic.

The competition is open to all students in grades six through 12. Grades six through eight will compete in the Middle School category, and grades nine through12 will compete in the High School category. Students may compete individually, or in teams of two or three.

Each year, the C-SPAN Education Foundation awards 150 student and 53 teacher prizes, totaling $100,000 in cash. All student winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $250 to $5,000, and teachers who are listed as faculty advisors will have a chance to win cash prizes.

Students may upload their documentary and submit their entry form online to www.studentcam.org. All entries must be submitted by Jan. 20, 2019. Winners are expected to be announced in early March 2019.

Marking its 40th anniversary in 2019, C-SPAN was created by the cable TV industry and is carried in more than 90 million TV households. C‐SPAN programs three commercial-free public affairs television networks; C‐SPAN Radio, heard in Washington, D.C., at 90.1 FM and available as an app; and C-SPAN.org, a video‐rich website offering live coverage of government events and access to the vast archive of C‐SPAN programming.

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