GH teen wins C-SPAN award

Holly Wright expected to gain some film-making experience when she entered a national documentary competition, but she walked away with much more.
Krystle Wagner
Mar 19, 2014

The Grand Haven High School freshman recently learned she received third place in C-SPAN’s 2014 StudentCam documentary competition.

Students were asked to make a 5- to-7-minute-long documentary answering the question, “What’s the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?” Wright’s entry, titled “Project Energy,” focused on the country’s energy sources and what Congress can do to help.

Wright received one of the contest’s 150 student and 53 teacher awards, which totaled $100,000 in cash prizes for winning documentaries. Wright’s prize was $750.

CLICK HERE to see Wright’s documentary, “Project Energy.”

More than 4,800 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C., submitted 2,355 entries for this year’s competition.

Since 2006, C-SPAN has asked students in grades 6-12 to create short documentaries on a national issue. Sixteen percent of this year’s entries involved economic issues such as poverty, unemployment and national debt; 14 percent looked at gun legislation; and 13 percent involved education.

Wright said she wanted to send a message to Congress that America uses more energy than it needs to.

The first-time documentary maker said she entered the competition because she thought it would be challenging and fun. Wright said having her documentary acknowledged with a prize is exciting.

“It made my week,” she said.

GHTV Coordinator Dennis Threadgill said Wright’s accomplishment didn’t surprise him. He said Wright jumped in wholeheartedly as she worked on the project nearly every day after school and during Christmas break.

“It was amazing to see the level of commitment she had,” Threadgill said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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Congratulations, Holly. Well done. Nice to see your hard work and dedication pay off. You are an inspiration to us all.


Congratulations Holly!


Your documentary was great, and I was pleased to see you utilized local talent, Seth Burton, for the voice of your documentary. Way to go, Holly, excellent job! I learned some things I didn't know, and ideally, that is the goal with documentaries. So thank you for all your hard work!

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