Students honored for documentary film

April 10, 2013

By Staff

C-SPAN presented two Mount Si High School students with an honorable mention award March 10 for their documentary film “Education in America: The Reprehensible System.”

Juniors Emmitt Rudd and Dean Sydnor competed in C-Span’s StudentCam 2013 competition. They submitted an eight-minute film with the basic assumption that there is too much focus on grades in today’s education system.

Contributed C-Span presented Mount Si High School juniors Dean Sydnor (left) and Emmitt Rudd with an honorable mention award March 10 for their documentary film.

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C-Span presented Mount Si High School juniors Dean Sydnor (left) and Emmitt Rudd with an honorable mention award March 10 for their documentary film.

Rudd says in the film that students aren’t learning to learn, they are just learning in order to pass tests. And then, two months later, they don’t remember anything.

“This recognition is impressive when you consider there were more than 1,800 entries from over 3,700 students participating across the country,” Mount Si film production teacher Joe Dockery said in a press release.

The Mount Si High School film was one of only two documentaries recognized from Washington state.

In this year’s contest, C-SPAN invited students in middle school and high school to create short documentary films to answer the question, “What’s the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?” Students worked in teams or as individuals to address a wide range of public policy issues, including bullying, troop withdrawal and national debt.

A total of 75 award-winning videos were recognized by the C-SPAN Education Foundation.

See Rudd and Sydnor’s film at http://bit.ly/Wn9qEK.

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