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West Ranch teamwork, creativity win TV contest

Education: Students create 15-minute broadcast, film and several individual productions in Sweet 16

Posted: April 6, 2010 6:17 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

On March 2, West Ranch TV drove to Anaheim to compete in the 2010 Student Television Network Convention. For five nights and six days, the TV production students worked to create a 15-minute broadcast, film and several individual productions. This year's competition was more successful than ever before, and the students were proud to come home with six awards, including first place in the Blue division Sweet 16 broadcast and second place in the film category.

"Hearing our school's name called as the first- place winner for the Sweet 16 broadcast competition was the most exciting part of the trip," junior Hayley Lobel recalled. "We all knew how hard we worked to create the broadcast, and we were so proud of the final product. But knowing that we did the best out of all the schools, and students there made us feel even more proud and accomplished."

The Sweet 16 competition consisted of 16 strenuous hours of brainstorming, producing, filming and editing. At 6:30 a.m., the West Ranch TV crew split in two, half going to work on the film production and the other half on the broadcast.

The film crew was provided with the first two acts of a screenplay, leaving them to write the third act on their own and film the entire production. The broadcast crew was given a list of words, and had to choose one that would be the theme of their 15-minute broadcast. For the next 16 hours, both teams worked extremely hard to perfect their productions and turn them in before the 11 p.m. deadline.

"I thought West Ranch did a phenomenal job in completing all of the films we turned in, all early and before deadlines," said West Ranch student Ryan Ross, reflecting on the importance of time management during the Sweet 16 competition. "This just shows how much we have learned about time management and working as a team over the years."

The Sweet 16 competition, and the convention in general, helped West Ranch TV members become closer than ever before. "This competition made us become more of a family than a team," remarked senior Kristy Koback. "We were under so much pressure to get our videos turned in on time, with little to no sleep. But we supported each other, and we pushed through to the top. It really showed that when we work as a whole, we're indestructible."

West Ranch TV brought home six awards altogether. The entire crew accepted first place in the Sweet 16 Broadcast and second place in Sweet 16 film.

Hannah Button and Adi Machness were awarded second place for their spot feature; Luis Garcia and Brad Taylor received third place for their standup competition; Kyle Burke, Evan Stevens and Alexis Hurey received third place for their Hurley board shorts commercial; and Alex Stevenson, Mikaela Cimirusti, Eli Montgomery and Erik Ross took home an honorable mention for their promotional announcement.

Every member of West Ranch TV is extremely proud of their accomplishments at this year's convention, and next year's juniors and seniors know that they have some big shoes to fill.

Hannah Button is a senior at West Ranch High School.

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