C-SPAN Awards Lovettsville Teen for Video Documentary

After taking third place in C-SPAN’s StudentCam Video Documentary Competition earlier this year, one Lovettsville teen finally reaped the benefits.

Thomas McKenna, an eighth grade homeschool student in town, was given a behind-the-scenes tour of C-SPAN’s headquarters in Washington, DC, on Tuesday as part of his third-place award. He also toured the U.S. Capitol building and got to see how C-SPAN covers floor proceedings and hearings for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

Ongoing since 2006, C-SPAN’s competition invites America’s youth each year to film short documentaries about national issues. This year, nearly 3,000 videos from more than 5,700 middle and high school students in 46 states and territories were submitted.

Thomas’ seven-minute documentary on the U.S. Constitution’s Natural Born Citizens Clause, “Equality to Govern,” can be viewed at viddler.com/v/2c55dd60.

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