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FMS students win C-SPAN awards

Five groups from Farragut Middle School placed in C-SPAN’s StudentCam 2010 documentary competition; FMS students were the only students in Tennessee to place in the competition.

Students had to choose between two topics: one of our country’s greatest strengths or a challenge the country is facing.

One of two Farragut second place winners were FMS eighth-grade students Matthew Gibson, Ryan Glintenkamp and Zack Webb’s documentary, “Their Today, Our Tomorrow: Health Care for American Seniors.” It will air on C-SPAN, Wednesday, April 21.

In the documentary about healthcare for seniors, an eighth-grade interviewer asked Dr. Hollis Cotton, M.D. of Summit Medical Associates, “If you could say anything to the people in [Washington, D.C.] about the recent healthcare debate regarding Medicare, healthcare for senior citizens, what would you say?”

Cotton said, “I think they’re trying to attack too much of it at one time.”

The students spoke with other medical professionals, a senior citizen and former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, among others.

The other Farragut second place winners are Ethan Young, Cameron Urevick and Chase Chambers, who created “Freedom of Speech: The Heart of the Nation,” which has an airdate of Friday, April 23.

The students interviewed Oliver Thomas, an expert with the First Amendment Center; Abby Ham, a news anchor at WBIR and Matt Shafer Powell, News Director at WUOT, among others.

Third prize documentary, “Jobless: Is It In Your Future?” was created by eighth-grade students Haley Chenot and Lauren Grillo from FMS. It will air Thursday, April 15, C-SPAN.

FMS eighth-grade students Taylor Owens, Chris Farner and Nick Henderson’s “Freedom of Religion: An American Strength;” and FMS eighth-graders Bobby Hughes, Jonathan Grimm and Freddy Bahati’s “America Get Well Soon.”

StudentCam awards were divided evenly between middle and high schools.

The one grand-prize winner received $5,000 and $1,000 for their school.

The twp first prize winners received $3,000 and $500 for their school.

The eight second prize winners each received $1,500. For each winner a school represented, it received $125 to spend on digital video equipment for their schools.

The 16 third-prize winners each received $750.

The 48 honorable mentions each received $250.

Last year, eighth-grade students Abby Icenhour, Ashley Wilcox and Gloria Yu’s documentary, “Not Enough for Your Buck” won a third-place award.

To view the student documentaries, visit www.student Winners10.htm


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