Hawaii Student Matthew Shimura Takes Top Honors in National Competition

by World Wide Ed on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Oceanic Time Warner Cable is proud to announce that the grand prize winning entry for C-SPAN’s national 2012 StudentCam competition is a student from Hawaii!

Hawaii Student Matthew Shimura Takes Top Honors in National Competition
Matthew Shimura – StudentCam 2012 Grand Prize Winner [Photo courtesy: Kiman Wong]

The national competition, sponsored by Time Warner Cable and C-SPAN, challenged middle and high school students to bring the U.S. Constitution to life in the form of a video documentary. Students were asked to examine any section of the Preamble, Articles or Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and discuss its relevance in their lives, with the opportunity to win part of more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. More than 1,203 films were received in this year’s competition from more than 2,000 students from 43 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Of the 148 student finalists from across the United States who won prizes, Matthew Shimura, a ninth grader from Punahou School here in Honolulu, won the grand prize with his documentary video entry titled: “The Constitution and the Camps: Due Process and the Japanese-American Internment.”


The Constitution and the Camps: Due Process and the Japanese-American Internment

Through his remarkable exploration of American policy towards Japanese-Americans during World War II, Shimura took viewers on a journey that presents the history of Japanese internment camps in the United States. He focused on his uncle John, a former prisoner at the infamous Manzanar camp in California, as an example of someone who was able to overcome harsh realities and achieve the American Dream.

Hawaii Student Matthew Shimura Takes Top Honors in National Competition
Matthew Shimura and family [Photo courtesy: Kiman Wong]

As the grand prize winner, Shimura won a trip to Washington D.C., a $5,000 scholarship award, as well as $1,000 in funding for his school to spend on digital video equipment supplies.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable recently honored Shimura and his family at an awards reception held at Punahou School, his Alma Matter.

Hawaii Student Matthew Shimura Takes Top Honors in National Competition
Oceanic Time Warner Cable President Bob Barlow presents Matthew Shimura with his $5,000 check [Photo courtesy: Kiman Wong]

In attendance were Matthew and his immediate family members, influential Punahou faculty and staff, key Oceanic Time Warner Cable employees, and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle.

Hawaii Student Matthew Shimura Takes Top Honors in National Competition
Matthew with his moms Tony Shimura and Dr. Sharon Webb, Mayor Peter Carlisle, and Punahou School Academy Dean William Ouellette [Photo courtesy: Kiman Wong]

Oceanic sends a big congratulations to Matthew Shimura and a job well done to all students who participated in the 2012 StudentCAM competition!

To view all photos from that day, please visit our Facebook page.

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