Providence, Narragansett students win C-SPAN video competition

STUDENTS FROM TWO Rhode Island schools are among the winners of C-SPAN’s 2019 StudentCam competition. They will have videos they produced featured on C-SPAN on April 12.

PROVIDENCE – Students from schools in Providence and Narragansett are winners in C-SPAN’s 2019 national StudentCam competition.

Raymond Baccari, Aydan Santos and Jovan Jimenez, students at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts in Providence, will receive $1,500 as second-prize winners for their documentary, “The Second Amendment: With Its UnBEARable Consequences.” Their winning video will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. on April 12, and then throughout the day.

Taylor Hall, Alayna Bellavia and Lauren Aldrich, students at Narragansett High School, will receive $250 as honorable mention winners for their documentary, “Protecting the Second Amendment Rights and Lives of Americans.”

C-SPAN annually partners with its local cable television providers in communities nationwide to invite middle and high school students to produce short documentaries about a subject of national importance. This year students addressed the theme, “What does it mean to be American? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience.”

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C-SPAN said more than 6,300 students from 48 states and Washington, D.C., participated. The most popular topics among the 2,923 submissions included First Amendment rights (17 percent), equality/discrimination (13 percent) and immigration (9 percent).

A panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives selected one grand prizewinner, four first-prize winners, 16 second-prize winners, 32 third-prize winners and 97 honorable mentions.

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies. In Providence and Narragansett, C-SPAN is available locally through Cox Communications.

William Hamilton is a PBN staff writer. Email him at

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