Two SSDS students recognized for C-SPAN documentary awards

Two SSDS students recognized for C-SPAN documentary awards

Ilan Barnea and Samuel Modlinger, seventh graders at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bdergen County, won an honorable mention in C-SPAN’s national 2017 StudentCam documentary competition for their video, “Terrorism: Civil Liberties and Security in a Changing World.”

The boys were among the 97 students nationally who received an honorable mention for their work. This is the fourth consecutive year that SSDS middle school students have earned honorable mentions or better in the competition.

Each year since 2006, C-SPAN partners with local cable affiliates in communities nationwide to invite sixth- through eighth-graders and ninth- through 12th graders to produce short documentaries on an issue of national importance. This year, students answered the question, “Your message to Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?”

SSDS students’ work was recognized among a record 2,903 video submissions from more than 5,600 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C., as well as England, Germany, Singapore, and Taiwan.

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