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

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.