C-SPAN bus coming to local schools

Fruita Monument High School senior Vinny Castellini will receive $750 of prize money Monday for placing third in C-SPAN’s StudentCam 2012 video contest.

Castellini’s short documentary, “In God We Trust? Religion’s Role in America,” was one of 75 winners in the nationwide contest. More than 1,200 people entered the contest, which asked middle school and high school students to create a film about a theme in the U.S. Constitution. Castellini chose to address freedom of religion and the interaction between faith and government.

The winners’ videos have been airing this month on the educational and political channel. Castellini’s video aired April 4.

The C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus will arrive at 7:45 p.m. Monday at Fruita Monument High School during its Road to the White House tour to drop off Castellini’s cash prize for placing in the contest.

The bus will be at Western Colorado Community College from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and at Colorado Mesa University between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to give students a chance to tour the bus and learn about C-SPAN’s educational resources and coverage of presidential, gubernatorial and congressional races this fall.

The C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus will travel to Vail and Colorado Springs after leaving Grand Junction, according to the website. The bus will travel the country throughout election season and has been on the road since August 2011.


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