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AHS students win C-SPAN video contest

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

C-SPAN has recognized the work of three Amsterdam High School seniors in its annual StudentCam competition.

Michaela Kilgallen, Leilei Secor, and Hannah Wollman were awarded honorable mention for their video, "The Working Teen: Taxation Without Representation."

The documentary, completed as part of the students' grade 12 honors level social studies class, was one of 150 recognized by C-SPAN from among 2,355 made by students throughout the United States.

Representatives from C-SPAN and Time Warner Cable presented the three with the award Wednesday.

Social studies teacher Stuart Palczak said he was impressed by how hard the girls worked on the video. "Through this, they really have grown and done a super job," he said. "I'm really proud."

Superintendent Thomas F. Perillo commended the girls for "giving voice to an important issue facing young workers in our country. To say we are impressed by your accomplishment is an understatement."

A representative from each of the offices of U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara also presented the students with citations.

Every year since 2006, C-SPAN has invited middle and high school students to produce a five- to eight- minute documentary on a national issue. Students are required to offer different points of view on the topic and must incorporate C-SPAN video in the final product. This year, students used cameras to answer the question: "What's the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?"


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