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3 Great Falls students win big at national video production competition

Posted at 4:29 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 18:17:36-04

GREAT FALLS– Students from Foothills Community Christian School in Great Falls are celebrating after they received a national award for a video production project.

Raina Lindseth, Madison Johnson, and Kenzie Huston recently found out they won third place in the StudentCam documentary competition sponsored by C-SPAN.

“This is a great team and a great project. I learned a lot through all the interviews and research,” Lindseth said.

The video topic for the 2019 competition was ‘What does it mean to be an American?”

“We chose the Second Amendment, so gun rights. We really love to debate, and so taking such a conversational topic was something interesting to us,” Lindseth said.

It took the group about three months to put together their project, called “Our Constitutional Rights: The 2nd Amendment”.

“I knew that it was going to be a great impact, even though it had to be unbiased. I just knew from the video that people could decide that it is important to have guns,” Johnson said.

The group first made a rough draft of how they wanted the project to go.

“Then we had to film and the last process was putting it all together. I think that was the hardest part,” Johnson said.

“Deciding what we wanted to keep, what parts of the interviews we wanted to keep and what parts we were like, ‘We have to get rid of that.’ Just making the whole video and what was going to flow the best,” Huston said.

This is the third year Foothills students have participated in the C-SPAN competition, and it is the first award for Foothills.They also were the only group from Montana to receive recognition for their documentary.

“It is a satisfying feeling that knowing that all our hard work paid off through the months that it took to make the video,” Huston said.

The award that Lindseth, Johnson, and Huston will receive: $750 for placing third place and another $125 for their video production class.

Reporting by Margaret DeMarco for MTN News