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Hudson Square students win C-SPAN award for film on arts funding

Two students from the NYC iSchool in Hudson Square were among the winners of C-SPAN’s national 2021 StudentCam competition.

Marco Syrett and Maveric Muchowski were selected as honorable mention winners and will receive $250 for their documentary “Arts Funding in a Pandemic.”

Marco, 17, and Maveric, 18, both grew up in New York City and currently live in Brooklyn. The pair have been good friends since their sophomore year at the NYC iSchool, at Broome St. and Sixth Ave.

Maveric and Marco are both passionate about the arts since it has surrounded them their whole lives. They both create music in their free time. Maveric plans to pursue a career in music while Marco will be going to college for environmental studies.

The competition, now in its 17th year, invited all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary. C-SPAN, in cooperation with cable television partners, asked students to join the national conversation on the challenges our country is facing with the theme: “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021.”

More than 2,300 students across the country participated in the contest. C-SPAN received more than 1,200 entries from 43 states and Washington, D.C. The most popular topics addressed were healthcare (14.9 percent), environmental and energy policy (14.6 percent), equal rights and equity (13.5 percent), criminal justice/policing (7.6 percent) and education (7.5 percent).

“With the continual shift in the educational landscape, it is difficult to overstate just how challenging the pandemic has proven for schools across our nation,” said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN Education Relations. “We are so impressed by the resilience and ingenuity of this year’s prize-winning students who have delivered among the finest short films in the history of the StudentCam competition.”

The winners included 299 students from across the country who were awarded a total of $100,000. The grand prize was $5,000.

The 150 winning videos can be viewed at

C-SPAN Classroom is the network’s free membership service that works with C-SPAN’s programs on public affairs, coverage of Congress, nonfiction books and American history to create free resources for teachers, students and the public to use in classrooms, projects or for research.

C-SPAN, the public-affairs network providing Americans with unfiltered access to congressional proceedings, was created in 1979 as a public service by the cable television industry and is now funded through fees paid by cable and satellite companies that provide C-SPAN programming.

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