Senior wins recognition for video exposing national debt

By Ulises Araiza ’11

Photo by Ben Jackson '11 - A representative from CSPAN presents Brophy senior Ryan Donahue with a national video contest award March 16. Donahue won Honorable Mention in a CSPAN video contest for his submission “National Debt.”

Senior Ryan Donahue ’10 received an Honorable Mention from C-SPAN’s 2010 StudentCam competition for his video submission, entitled “The National Debt.”

This year’s StudentCam contest was to create a five to eight minute documentary on either one of our country’s greatest strengths or a challenge the country is facing.

Donahue introduced the national debt, asking students what they believe it is, and getting an explanation of it from Brophy economics teacher Ms. Kelly Guffey.

The video goes on to explain how the national debt has evolved over the last century.

He ends the video by asking President Barack Obama what has happened with all of his promises and supposed spending cuts.

Of 1,003 submissions nationwide Donahue was one of 75 winning entries and the top 27 videos will be aired on C-SPAN during April.

The winners were announced on March 10 during the Washington Journal morning program live on C-SPAN.

On March 16, C-SPAN’s Civic Bus Tour stopped at Brophy and gave Donahue his award.

Donahue received a cash award of $250, a certificate of recognition and his video has been placed on C-SPAN’s StudentCam Winners Web site.

The first place winners of the competition will receive an award of $5,000 and $1,000 for their school to use on digital video equipment. Last year’s first place winner was also congratulated by President Obama live on C-SPAN.

To see Donahue’s video, visit