Hawaii schools dominate national television competition

07-Apr-2015

Local public and private schools take home 28 awards at the 12th Annual Student Television Network Convention in San Diego April 1-4. Waianae High and Maui Waena Intermediate were top winners with six awards each.

​​​​Video: Waianae High's 1st place entry for the On-Site Convention Recap video.


Hawaii’s middle and high school media programs took home 28 awards from the 12th Annual Student Television Network​ Convention in San Diego, Calif.

Waianae High School took home six trophies, including a regional Broadcast Excellence award. Maui Waena Intermediate School, another big winner, also garnered six awards. Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai, and Oahu schools Mid-Pacific Institute, Moanalua High School and Waianae Intermediate School also won multiple awards. Kauai’s Waimea High School also captured a first-place win in the “60-Second Silent Story” category.

“Hawaii schools have proven once again that they can compete with anyone across the nation in digital media,” said Kevin Matsunaga, media instructor at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and a member of STN’s national board. “The students’ performance here is proof positive that our Hawaii digital media teachers and students are doing great work.”

More than 2,700 middle and high school students from across the country gathered at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego for four days of competition and workshops. Students were given strict time deadlines, often only a few hours, to conceptualize, write, shoot and edit their entries on site. In the “Crazy8s” competitions, for example, students completed four-minute newscasts or films in eight hours. Teachers were not allowed to help.

All Hawaii schools that attended STN are also participants in PBS Hawaii’s HIKI NŌ​ learning initiative. In this statewide program, students learn workforce and life skills through the creation of video news stories. These stories air Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on PBS Hawaii​.

PBS Hawaii presented a workshop at the conference, "Learning by Re-doing: The HIKI NŌ Process." Students and teachers from across the U.S. learned about the HIKI NŌ production process, and Hawaii students shared their experiences in the program.

“Programs like HIKI NŌ are helping our students to be better storytellers,” Matsunaga said.

“Our growing pipeline of Creative Media across the state of Hawaii is like no other,” said Candy Suiso, Executive Director of Waianae High School’s Searider Productions media program. “What a great feeling.”

Hawaii winners, 12th Annual
Student Television Network Convention

Broadcast Excellence, South Pacific Region

  • Waianae High School

Best Live Action Film

  • Waianae High School

Convention Recap

Middle School Spot Feature

  • First Place: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
  • Third Place: Waipahu Intermediate School

Middle School Movie Trailer

  • First Place: Maui Waena Intermediate School

Tell the Story

Middle School PSA

  • First Place: Maui Waena Intermediate School
  • Third Place: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
  • Honorable Mention: Waianae Intermediate School
  • Honorable Mention: Mid-Pacific Institute

High School PSA

60-Second Silent Story

  • First Place: Waimea High School
  • Honorable Mention: Moanalua High School

Commentary

  • Third Place: Kauai High School

Middle School Anchoring Team

  • Honorable Mention: Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Honorable Mention: Maui Waena Intermediate School

Middle School Music Video

  • Third Place: Maui Waena Intermediate School
  • Honorable Mention: Maui Waena Intermediate School
  • Honorable Mention: Waianae Intermediate School

High School Music Video

  • Second Place: Moanalua High School

Crazy 8s – Middle School Broadcast Journalism

  • Honorable Mention: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School: View video

Crazy 8s – High School Multimedia Journalism

  • Third Place: Waianae High School
  • Honorable Mention: Maui High School

Crazy 8s – Middle School Short Film

  • First Place: Maui Waena Intermediate School
  • Honorable Mention: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School: View video

Crazy 8s – High School Short Film – Live Action

  • Honorable Mention: Moanalua High School

Contact Information

Liberty Peralta, PBS Hawaii

Phone: 808-973-1383

Email: lperalta@pbshawaii.org

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