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Frisco Students Win Awards at STN Convention
March 27, 2012
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FriscoISD-TV team shot at Student Television Network national convention
Members of the Frisco ISD-TV team at the national Student Television Network Convention in Dallas.
Frisco ISD broadcast team worked round the clock for 16 hours in one competition.
The Frisco ISD-TV team worked for 14 hours and 45 minutes to produce a broadcast focusing on the word "progressive." as part of pre-convention activities at the STN Convention in Dallas.

Frisco ISD-TV received several honors for work produced during the Student Television Network (STN) national convention held March 21 -24, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas. More than 1900 student journalists and filmmakers from all over the country were in attendance to experience the various workshops offered and on-site contests.

Frisco ISD-TV competed in the pre-convention Sweet 16 broadcast competition where as a team, they selected the word “progressive” from a list of 16 words. The broadcast team then had 16 hours to produce an entire broadcast focused on that word. The show was completed in 14 hours and 45 minutes. It was a grueling task and experience, but one that will not be forgotten by the team.

The Frisco ISD-TV news team competed in a variety of other on-site contests, including Anchoring, Broadcast Newswriting, Movie Trailer, Sixty Second Silent Story, Sports Highlights, Stand Up, Street Reporter, and Tell the Story Editing.

The team brought home 1st Place honors in the Street Reporter category for the entry produced by Kayla Kawalec and Alyssa Herzog, both of Frisco High School. They were challenged with producing a segment, given the prompt “Only in Texas”. The team chose to take to the streets, interviewing people about unusual laws that are unique to Texas. They were given two hours of production time and two hours of editing time to complete the task.

Frisco ISD-TV received Honorable Mention in two categories, Anchoring by Jamie Miller of Wakeland High School, and Tell the Story Editing by Millicent Macena of Lone Star High School and Jamai Harris of Wakeland High School. Miller was given wire news copy of stories from which she had to write and deliver a broadcast script live-to-tape that had to time between 45 – 60 seconds. Macena and Harris were given raw footage from which they had an hour to review and two hours to write and edit a news story from that footage.

Frisco ISD-TV’s Alyssa Herzog was selected to serve as a closing ceremony awards presenter. Herzog also presented and proudly made mention of one award to her “very own” Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center.

All 2011-2012 Frisco ISD-TV Crew Members deserve credit for such a productive and rewarding experience. They are Senior Producers/Senior Editors: Sydney Gray (HHS), Erica Mackler (LSHS), and Teresa Diaz (HHS); Producers/Editors: Micha Caldwell (LSHS), Madi Eggers (CHS), Jamai Harris (WHS), Alyssa Herzog (FHS), Kayla Kawalec (FHS), Alex Le (LHS), Millicent Macena (LSHS), Jamie Miller (WHS), Jacob Rimes (LHS), Lexi Rodriguez (FHS), Brittany Sides (HHS), Sam Stockard (CHS), and Morgan Yarnik (CHS).

Since Frisco ISD-TV started in 2008, under the direction of executive producer Eva Coleman, they have been members of STN which refers to their organization as the nation’s largest scholastic broadcasting network comprised of high schools and middle schools with an active interest in broadcasting. This was Frisco ISD-TV’s first trip to the annual convention, which takes place in different parts of the country. Next year’s convention is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, California.

Check the Frisco ISD-TV YouTube Channel for contest pieces produced.