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Local students’ film plays at U.S. Capitol

Lawrence High School senior Alexia Welch, left, and junior Sarah Ybarra, right, pictured with their film teacher Jeffrey Kuhr, debuted their documentary, "No Child Left Unrecruited," on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The film explores the federal No Child Left Behind law that requires high schools to provide lists of student information for military recruiters.

Lawrence High School senior Alexia Welch, left, and junior Sarah Ybarra, right, pictured with their film teacher Jeffrey Kuhr, debuted their documentary, "No Child Left Unrecruited," on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The film explores the federal No Child Left Behind law that requires high schools to provide lists of student information for military recruiters.

June 20, 2007

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Local documentary could inspire changes to military recruiting laws

A documentary by two Lawrence High filmmakers just might inspire a change in national military recruiting laws. Enlarge video

Alexia Welch was surprised to learn that Lawrence High School was sharing student phone numbers and addresses with military recruiters.

So the 18-year-old senior and classmate Sarah Ybarra, a 17-year-old junior, made a documentary film explaining how the No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to share the information or else risk losing federal funds.

Their 25-minute movie, "No Child Left Unrecruited," won an audience in Washington on Tuesday after a California congressman invited the students to show the film at the U.S. Capitol.

"I don't think we ever thought we'd find ourselves in Washington screening this movie," Welch said with a laugh. "I hope that it makes a difference."

Welch, who graduated from high school in May, plans to attend Kansas University this year and is interested in pursuing a degree in journalism. Ybarra, meanwhile, says she wants to make more films.

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jennykay 6 years, 10 months ago

also, here is a link to an interview that aired on KPR this week, too.

http://kansaspublicradio.org/index.php

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nekansan 6 years, 10 months ago

Is the documentary available online anywhere?

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jennykay 6 years, 10 months ago

Another excellent showing by Lawrence teens.......way to go girls!

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