Three Dublin High School students have wowed C-SPAN producers with a 10-minute video documentary on teen obesity.
Jennifer Miller, business/technology teacher, said Tyler Barett, Valeria Solano and Crystal Cardenas received an honorable mention in the C-SPAN 2007 “Studentcam,” a political student video competition.
“The reason we chose to make a documentary about teen obesity is simple,” Barett said. “The problem is something we all can see. It is apparent as well that the problem for some reason seems to go uncared for. While we made the documentary, we got to meet interesting people who work everyday with people’s health. The people we interviewed also had concerns about teen obesity and how society is ignoring it.”
Barrett said he has received positive comments from a range of community members that have viewed the film. Some of the comments were, “Thanks, I didn’t know that” to “I didn’t realize the problem was that big.”
“It’s never too late to get into good health,” Barrett said. “But that’s a lesson everyone must learn, young or old.”
The group will receive a $250 cash prize and certificates.
Miller said the students worked hard for about eight weeks putting the documentary together and interviewing several health professionals in the process. Miller said her requirement for the assignment was the subject matter had to address a problem at the junior high or high school levels and must be something that the group is passionate about as well as a current event.
The competition is sponsored by C-SPAN Classroom, which is a free membership service provided to support teachers’ use in their classes.
Memorial High School in Houston was the only other Texas school to place in the event.
The students’ documentary may be seen at www.c-spanclassroom.org.