Student documentaries challenge White House

Posted at 6:10 AM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 09:41:46-04

A group of high school students is challenging the White House with documentaries.

Two student teams at Metropolitan Arts Institute won CSPAN awards for the Western Region.

Dani Mock-Zubia, a senior, and Sofia Taglienti, a sophomore, won first place for their documentary on prisons in America.

“I think it’s really important that people realize that this can happen to anyone and the system is unjust and unfair,” said Mock-Zubia.

“I definitely learned a lot,” said Taglienti. “It is a good way to learn about something you probably wouldn't on your own.”

The competition required students to produce a short documentary to answer the question: What’s the issue you most want candidate to discuss during the 2016 presidential campaign?”

The second team from Metropolitan Arts Institute placed second in the contest.

Students Katie Menard, Christian Payne, and Alexander Walter focused on the wage gap between men and women.