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  • Photo by Cameron Kittle, Telegraph staff.

    Deepika Kurup, center, stands with Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Superintendent Mark Conrad in front of the C-SPAN Campaign Bus Wednesday, May 16. Deepika, an eighth grader at Fairgrounds Middle School, won an award from the TV station for a video she made about the Bill of Rights.
  • Photo by Cameron Kittle, Telegraph staff.

    The C-SPAN Campaign Bus was parked outside City Hall Wednesday morning, as representatives from the TV station honored Nashua eighth-grader Deepika Kurup for her award-winning video in the StudentCam national competition.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nashua eighth-grader wins national recognition from C-SPAN at City Hall

NASHUA – A colorful campaign bus from C-SPAN took up two parking spaces in front of City Hall Wednesday morning, as the network rolled into Nashua from Washington, D.C., to recognize Nashua eighth-grade student Deepika Kurup.

Kurup, a student at Fairgrounds Middle School, was named an honorable mention in C-SPAN’s 2012 StudentCam competition for her brief documentary, “The Bill of Rights in Modern America.”

She was one of 48 honorable mentions across the country, and one of 148 students who won awards -- a total of $50,000 in prizes. Over 1,200 students submitted videos for this year’s assignment: to create a video illustrating why one provision of the Constitution is important to you.

“The Bill of Rights was made so long ago, I thought, ‘How does that affect modern America?’” Deepika said Wednesday. “I found out that it’s still very important. I want to thank C-SPAN for giving me this award and letting my voice be heard.”

You can watch Deepika’s video online at

“She made a wonderful video above and beyond what we saw,” said Jessica Lindquist, marketing representative with C-SPAN.

Deepika’s parents, Pradeep and Meena Kurup, said the video was an all-consuming project. Without any video editing software, Deepika downloaded a free program from the Internet and used that to make her video. She also set up interviews with her former teachers at Bicentennial Elementary School and her U.S. History teacher at Fairgrounds, Chuck Gray, who encouraged her to do the project.

“We’re very proud,” Pradeep Kurup said.

Deepika said the award was unexpected, given that it was her first time submitting a video to the StudentCam competition. She was excited to explore the C-SPAN 2012 Campaign Bus on Wednesday, especially given her affinity for digital media.

“Everything is touch screen, it has all the latest technologies,” she said. “It’s very cool.”

Superintendent Mark Conrad and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau also boarded the C-SPAN bus to celebrate with Deepika and watch her video. They were impressed with her work.

“We have so many great students in Nashua,” Conrad said.

“She’s a strong and dedicated member of the community,” Lozeau said.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or Also, follow Kittle on Twitter (@Telegraph_CamK).