Almost 2,000 broadcast journalists, including our very own CHSTV, from high schools all across the U.S. arrived in Dallas, Texas Tuesday, March 20. Students came from as far away as Hawaii for the ninth annual Student Television Network (STN) Convention.
On Wednesday, CHSTV competed in Sweet 16, a pre-convention contest for both film and broadcast high schools. In Sweet 16 each school is given sixteen words to choose from, they then pick one to create either an entire broadcast or film about and have sixteen hours to do so. CHSTV turned their Sweet 16 broadcast in with one hour to spare.
The convention officially kicked off Thursday with an opening ceremony at which CNN correspondent Martin Savidge spoke. As well as a previous student attendee of STN and now broadcast major at USC, Christina Schoellkopf. This was followed up later that night with a Texas style rodeo: BBQ, line dancing, armadillo races and all.
During the convention on Thursday and Friday students attended classes taught by well-known business professionals: directors, photojournalists, anchors, reporters and actors or competed in contests ranging from movie trailer, to music video, anchoring, to documentary.
On Friday night, students packed into the ballroom once more for the STN film festival during which the top ten music video contest entries were shown and student documentaries were awarded best director, best screenplay, best picture, best soundtrack, best cinematography and best picture.
But Saturday morning came the moment all 2,000 students were waiting for, the announcement of the contest winners. CHSTV took home awards in Convention Recap where a team of 5 created a promotional video for the entire convention earning themselves third place.
“I’m really stoked that my team and I got third out of so many schools. It was an awesome convention in Dallas and I can’t wait for next year,” sophomore Taylor Teamm said.
Sophomore Hannah Evans and junior Matt Kenney competed in the Stand Up contest and received an Honorable Mention.
“It was such a great experience and the contest was so much fun. We faced a lot of technical difficulties but overcame them. We turned it in with less than a minute to deadline, so I’m beyond happy we ended up with an honorable mention. I’m so excited for next year,” Evans said.
Seniors Camille Posard and Sam Miller also took home an Honorable Mention for their Sports Highlights contest.
“I learned a lot at the convention this year and had a great time,” Miller said.
The movie trailer team brought in a third place award.
“It was a once in a lifetime chance for us,” freshman Troy Gerbert said.
Sophomore Brian Farmer and Senior Ciara Turner also received third place in their contest of Weather Reporting.
“I really enjoyed the competition mostly because that’s what I want to do when I’m older. Doing weather reporting made my passion for it even stronger,” Turner said.
And taking home another third place award was sophomore Bar Suster and senior Tommy Mulder in Street Reporting.
“It was such a fun and exhilarating experience and definitely the best part of the school year,” Suster said.
The highlight for CHSTV, though, was winning the Award Of Excellence for their daily live broadcast. This was the sixth consecutive time CHSTV has won this award.
“I am very lucky to have the amazing class and teacher I did, we all became really close. I loved being a producer the entire year and STN just made my senior year even better. I’m so proud to be a member of the number one broadcasting class in the nation!” senior Delaney Drost said.