A total of nine students from St. Thomas More were awarded from C-SPAN on Tuesday, for their entries into StudentCam, a national video documentary competition.
C-SPAN, located in Washington, D.C. made the trip to Rapid City to award three groups of three.
One group winning third place and the other two groups with honorable mentions.
The students were asked to create a five to seven minute video on this year's theme of "Your Message To Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?"
Jenae Green, C-SPAN Marketing Representative, says, "We had 150 winners, 2,903 entries from 5,600 students, so to have some right here in Rapid City is amazing, a third prize winner and two honorable mentions and we're just so excited and so happy for them."
Audrey Cope, Grace Wittenberg, and Caroline Eckrich won third place for their video, "Searching for Justice in the Land of Liberty."
They say it's all about the relationship between minorities and law enforcement and how they think that's the most prevalent issue to be addressed.
Audrey Cope, Senior at St. Thomas More, says, "We talked to our police chief, Jegeris, Malcolm Chapman, community leaders like that, along with Senator Thune and how to bridge that gap that seems to be causing a lot of problems."
The third place group received $750 to share in scholarship money, the other two groups were given $250.
You can watch the videos at www.studentcam.org.