Still from “Vertically Challenged: our Beef Industry and Their Struggle”

WASHINGTON, D.C. ( – Today, C-SPAN announced that Rose Wendel, Makayla Jones and Molly Musland, students at LaMoure Public School in LaMoure, North Dakota, are third prize winners in C-SPAN’s national 2022 StudentCam competition.

Wendel, Jones and Musland will receive $750 for the documentary, “Vertically Challenged: Our Beef Industry And Their Struggle.”

The competition, now in its 18th year, invited all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary. C-SPAN, in cooperation with its cable television partners, asked students to explore a federal policy or program and address the theme: “How does the federal government impact your life?”

In response, more than 3,000 students across the country participated in the contest. C-SPAN received over 1,400 entries from 41 states, Washington, D.C., Morocco and South Korea. The most popular topics addressed were:

  • Environment & Pollution (10%)
  • Health Care & Mental Health (9%)
  • COVID-19 & Recovery (7%)
  • Immigration (5%)
  • 2nd Amendment & Firearm Legislation (4%)

“This year we asked students to reflect on how a federal program or policy is relevant to their lives and communities,” said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN Education Relations. “The winners showcased exceptional research and production values as they wove personal stories with historical or contemporary issues. These middle and high school students far exceeded our expectations, and we are elated to share their hard work with the country.”

C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, who also support StudentCam. In southcentral/southeastern North Dakota, C-SPAN is available locally through DRN.

“DRN is pleased to honor our local winners on this outstanding achievement in the 2022 StudentCam competition,” said Kent Schimke, DRN CEO/General Manager. “We applaud Rose, Makayla and Molly for the creative and thoughtful analysis of the government programs and policies that affect our communities.”

More than 300 students from across the country are winning a total of $100,000. C-SPAN is awarding one grand prize, 4 first prizes, 16 second prizes, 32 third prizes and 97 honorable mention prizes. These winning videos will receive cash awards of $5,000, $3,000, $1,500, $750 and $250, respectively.

High school students competed on a regional level, with the United States divided into three regions: West, Central and East. Middle school students were judged on a national basis. The grand prize winner was selected nationally among all regions and grade levels.

The 150 winning videos can be viewed at and may be used in a broadcast with attribution to C-SPAN.

View the LaMoure student’s documentary below: