North Texas students win grand prize in C-SPAN competition
C-SPAN has announced that Mason Daugherty and Eli Scott, students at Imagine International Academy of North Texas, in McKinney, are the grand prize winners in C-SPAN’s national 2019 StudentCam documentary competition. Their entry was chosen from among 2,923 submissions addressing the theme “What does it mean to be American?”
They will receive $5,000 for their documentary, "What It Means to Be American: Citizen Accountability in Government." The documentary will air on C-SPAN at 5:50 a.m. CST and throughout the day on April 21. Bernadette Montefalcon, Autumn Khuu and Lauren Sanfelippo, who also attend the school, were named honorable mention winners and will receive $250 as for their documentary, "Immigrants and Citizenship."
In addition, students from Frontier High School Ben Barber Innovation Academy in Mansfield, Texas, won prizes for their documentaries. Tanner Fenton, Amy Pham and Zada Jones will receive $1,500 as second prize winners for their documentary, "'Til We Reach That Day." Their winning video will air on C-SPAN at 5:50 a.m. CST and throughout the day on April 10. Luke Lechman, Daniel Elliott and Cade Renfro will receive $750 as third prize winners for their documentary, "America: The Land of Opportunity!"
C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, which also support StudentCam. In McKinney and Mansfield, C-SPAN is available locally through Spectrum. All 150 winning videos can be viewed at
Cable ONE and Hallmark Channel team up for shelter pets in Odessa
Hallmark Channel and Cable ONE joined forces in Odessa and three other U.S. cities to help local shelter animals find forever homes. The partnership included adoption events as well as a $2,500 donation to a non-profit organization providing services to rescue animals.
Spectrum awards grant to Austin-based nonprofit
Spectrum has awarded Austin Free-Net a $23,000 Digital Education Grant for its ongoing Senior Digital Literacy Program. Recently, a dozen senior citizens attended a class to learn how to use Internet search tools and avoid online scams such as phishing.
Austin Free-Net and 22 other deserving nonprofit organizations were chosen from among more than 170 applicants as
Spectrum Digital Education Grant
recipients – part of an overall $1 million commitment by Spectrum to provide digital education in the communities it serves. Spectrum Digital Education grants support organizations that help educate families and seniors on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve their lives. Through the $1 million effort, Spectrum will also provide PSAs, workshops and other technical assistance to local nonprofits.