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Eastern Iowa students earn national recognition on C-SPAN

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Cedar Falls High School seniors Josh Thompson and Julie Doyle focused on small business growth. Cedar Falls High School seniors Josh Thompson and Julie Doyle focused on small business growth.
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

What do you think is the most important issue the President should focus on in 2013?

Thousands of high school students across the country had the opportunity to answer that question by producing a short documentary for C-SPAN's national 2013 StudentCam competition.

Cedar Falls High School seniors Josh Thompson and Julie Doyle focused on small business growth.

They began working on their project in September and ended up winning third place in C-SPAN's competition.

"We decided to focus on small business growth because it was an issue that didn't get too much attention on a larger scale, but did get some so it was kind of a hot topic," said Thompson.

Thompson and Doyle spent several months interviewing area lawmakers and small business owners in Cedar Falls.

But the project didn't come without its challenges.

"Our video camera decided to delete a lot of our footage or mess up some of the audio quality. That was a big frustration," said Doyle.

Despite a few technological problems, the two were pleased with the end product and their $750 cash prize.

Both said they'll use the money for college.

Their video is scheduled to air on C-SPAN this Monday, April 8, at 5:50 a.m.

Additionally, Richard Uhlenhopp, a senior at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, earned an honorable mention for his submission about the Farm Bill.

The winning entries can be viewed at http://www.c-span.org/studentcam

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