Teen Wins C-Span Contest With Seneca Falls Video

Heading off to a lakeside vacation, most girls probably would pack a swimsuit and suntan lotion. But Madeline Bowne is not most girls. Last August, with her family bound for New York’s Finger Lakes, the middle schooler put her camera bag, filled with audio and video equipment, atop her “don’t forget” list.

Madeline Bowne, 14, was recognized for her video on women’s right to vote, which she entered into the C-Span student documentary competition. She shot the video while on vacation in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and did most of the editing work on her home computer. SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / Staff Photographer

Bowne’s forethought paid off. The eighth grader from Cherry Hill, New Jersey was named one of eight second-prize winners in the 2012 national C-Span competition, one of 148 winning students from across the country. Her video earned her $1,500.

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