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Shentel partners with C-SPAN

Posted 22 November 2017 12:00 AM by Cindy Rinker

Shentel has announced that the company will be partnering with C-SPAN’s Student Cam Documentary Competition. Shentel and C-SPAN previously worked together in 2016 for the Vice Presidential Debates at Longwood University. 

The Student Cam Documentary Competition invites all middle and high school students to enter the contest, which awards $100,000 in cash prizes. Entrants should choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to them.

 “Shentel is delighted to be a partner and supporter of C-SPAN in this initiative,” said Chris Kyle, VP of Industry Affairs and Regulatory for Shentel. “We are hoping to get middle and high school students in our service area to participate in this documentary competition. We would love to see one of our schools win part of the $100,000 in prizes.”


The C-SPAN Education Foundation awards 150 student and 53 teacher prizes. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000, and multiple cash prizes of $3,000, $1,500, $750 and $250 will be awarded to students in first, second and third places and honorable mention categories.  


Competition Guidelines

  • Middle school students (grades 6 – 8) and high school students (grades 9 – 12) may compete individually or in teams consisting of two or three members. Documentaries must be the original work of students; however, teachers may provide guidance and critiques.


  • All documentaries must include C-SPAN video that thoroughly supports the chosen topic.
  • Winning Student Cam documentaries will comprehensively represent a variety of viewpoints related to the chosen topic, including those that may oppose the filmmakers' points of view.
  • Documentaries must be between 5 – 7 minutes in length. End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark and are also permitted to run longer than the allotted 7-minute time frame.
  • Entries must include sources, either in the end credits or an emailed works cited list.


  • Video submissions and entry forms can be uploaded directly online at
    • Deadline for students to submit entries is midnight PST, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.


Winners will be announced in March 2018, with the top winning videos to air on C-SPAN in April 2018. Competition details are available at

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Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) provides a broad range of diversified telecommunications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the mid-Atlantic. The Company’s services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, Internet and voice; fiber network and services; and local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive personal communications service (“PCS”) Affiliate of Sprint in portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, please visit  

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