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Students bring home TV awards

West Ranch High School Wild Cats travel to Florida to compete in the Student Television Network Conv

Posted: April 8, 2009 12:05 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The West Ranch TV crew with the numerous awards the group won at the annual Student Television Network Convention in Orlando, Fla. The crew brought home a record number of awards with one first place, one second place and three honorable mentions.

 
Students from West Ranch High School had a chance to experience their own version of March Madness last month.

West Ranch TV took a six-day trip to Orlando, Fla., to compete with 133 other schools at the annual Student Television Network Convention.

The crew brought home a record number of awards, with one first place, one second place and three honorable mentions.

“The students of WRTV did an amazing job representing West Ranch in such a positive light,” said program adviser Jennifer Overdevest. “I was so proud of each and every student in WRTV.”

The first event at the convention was called the Sweet 16, a 16-hour competition in which the group had to successfully produce, film and edit a movie and a news broadcast.

“All the crew members were able to work together to not only find and produce great stories, but to put together a broadcast that had a significant meaning,” senior Holly Hein said.

With teamwork and dedication, the crew successfully turned in an eight-minute movie and news broadcast before the 11 p.m. deadline.

Individual competitions allowed the students from West Ranch TV to show off their abilities in video and broadcasting.

“The individual competitions really give everyone a chance to show the judges and other students from across the country that they really are passionate about video and broadcast journalism,” Jake Becker said.

The competitions ranged from news anchoring to music-video creation. In the latter case, students were given six hours to shoot and four hours to edit an original music video.

West Ranch High School alumnus Sean Herron was able to attend this year’s convention in Florida as a college intern.
Sean, who just last year attended STN as a West Ranch TV member, was able to experience the convention from a new perspective.

“Seeing dozens of schools all working in a giant convention hall, cheering each other on while the deadline approached, really showed the enthusiasm they had for their work,” he said.

The enthusiasm the crew brought into the competition stayed with them throughout the entire week.

As Saturday’s closing ceremonies approached, all 39 West Ranch TV members were confident their hard work and commitment to the competition had paid off.

The West Ranch TV 2008-09 crew was proud to come home with five awards, an all-time school record.

Aubrey Jacobowitz and Jason Belling took first place for their “Tell the Story” segment on a music teacher; Andrew Amoros, Ryan Clinkunbroomer, Tani Slauson and Tiffany Monaco received second place for their promotional video; Hannah Button was given an honorable mention for her work as a news anchor; Hein, Matthew Stafford, Nancy Estrada and Rachel Jacobs received an honorable mention for their documentary on the Peabody Ducks; and the entire crew accepted an honorable mention for the Sweet 16 competition in broadcasting.

The weeklong competition helped this close-knit group become an even better team. Hannah Ortego noted that her favorite part of STN “was living with (the) crew members for a whole week and becoming a family.”

The group’s experiences during their week in Florida helped them grow as individuals and as a team.

Now they are using the lessons they learned not only to prepare for next year’s convention, but to enhance their daily on-campus news show as well.

Hannah Button is a junior at West Ranch High School.

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