Creative Student Videos Promote the Constitution

May 08, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia students have used their creativity and knowledge to win a video contest about the U.S. Constitution.

The contest, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia State Bar, rewards students for the best creation of a 3-minute video with the theme, "We the People: Freedom of Speech."

"Understanding the origins of the U.S. Constitution and the role it plays in our daily lives is something that benefits all students," said state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. "Students who participated in the contest developed a deep understanding of what the Constitution means today."

Austin Susman of George Washington High School in Kanawha County captured first place and Alexandria Shamblin of Ripley High School in Jackson County was second in the high school division.

In middle school, Roula Hammer of Morgan Academy in Berkeley County finished first, while Emily James of Winfield Middle School in Putnam County was second.

First place winners receive $500 each. Second place finishers receive $250 each. Creators of the winning videos also are invited to attend the State Bar annual meeting on May 9 at Sheraton Four Points in Charleston. Videos were judged on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and quality. The contest was open to West Virginia residents in sixth through 12th grades.

To view the winning videos, visit or for more information, contact the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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