C-SPAN visits University Liggett School, students recognized for award-winning film

Three University Liggett School sophomores were honored by C-SPAN for their documentary “Rails of the Republic” at a ceremony at the school in May.
Camron Herbert, Carsten Higbie and Giorgio Malkoun received an honorable mention for their documentary film about the post-Civil War rail system in America. As an honorable mention, “Rails of the Republic” was among the top 150 films in C-SPAN’s StudentCam documentary competition. The students received certificates of merit and $250 each in prize money from the cable channel. Local train and history aficionado, Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Pro Tem Arthur Bryant, was also on hand to present certificates from the City. The students also received certificates of recognition from the offices of U.S. senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

Herbert, Higbie, Malkoun and their families were treated to a private tour of C-SPAN’s award-winning state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized bus that visited the school as part of the ceremony.

“Rails of the Republic” examines how the transcontinental railroad helped build economic prosperity and social mobility in post-Civil War America. The film features interviews with Matt Anderson, MA Curator of Transportation at The Henry Ford and Martin Hershock, Ph.D., dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

In its 15th year, C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition received more than 2,900 documentaries from more than 6,300 students representing 48 states and Washington, DC. Submissions to the competition were asked to address the theme, “What Does it Mean to be American?”

“Rails of the Republic” also won the Best of Show award at the 51st annual Michigan Student Film Festival. The trio was recognized during a ceremony in the historic Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The sophomores studied the Civil War and reconstruction in U.S. history class with Brad Homuth.


University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444