Two Treasure Valley high school students earned money this month from the cable channel C-SPAN for creating a documentary called "American Immigration."

Out of more than six thousand entries, these two were in the top 150 nationwide!

C-SPAN said Caitlin Lanterman and Madison Collins, students at Mountain View High School in Meridian, were honorable mention winners in C-SPAN’s national 2019 StudentCam competition.  They'll get $250 for the documentary, "American Immigration."

Each year since 2006, C-SPAN has held the StudentCam contest for middle and high school students to produce short documentaries, and this year's theme was "What does it mean to be American? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience."

Only nine percent of the 6,318 entries this year tackled the subject of immigration like Caitlin and Madison did.  The most popular topics were First Amendment rights and equality/discrimination.  Overall, entries were up ten percent this year and only the best and brightest earned recognition.

There were 340 students across the country that won a total of $100,000, including one grand prize winner, four first prize winners, 16 second prize winners, 32 third prize winners, and 97 honorable mentions.

The 150 winning videos are up now at http://www.studentcam.org courtesy of C-SPAN.  Click HERE to view the video by Caitlin Lanterman and Madison Collins.

Congratulations you two!  Proving once again that the Treasure Valley is full of talented thought-provokers.  Nice work and good luck with your next project.  We'll be watching.