Public schools have strong showing at national TV awards


HONOLULU – Led by five awards from Waianae High School, public schools captured 16 of 17 awards won by Hawaii schools this month at the 10th Annual Student Television Network (STN) Convention in Los Angeles, Calif.

​​​​​​​​Nearly 2,500 students from 153 middle and high schools across the country attended this year’s convention, March 7-10. Hawaii was well represented with the third-largest contingent with 15 public and private schools. During the four-day convention, students and teachers were able to select from more than 90 breakout sessions taught by industry professionals covering all areas of broadcast journalism, video production, filmmaking and media.

Also as part of the convention, STN held onsite contests for video production in 27 categories, during which public schools dominated Hawaii’s cadre of awards. Kamehameha Schools Maui took home a second-place award in the “Tell the Story” category. Here is how island public schools placed in the competition:

Waianae High School

  • 1st Place – Convention Recap
  • 1st Place – STN Excellence Award for Monthly Broadcast
  • 2nd Place – Laptop Journalist
  • 3rd Place – Short Story
  • Honorable Mention – Broadcast News Writing

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Kauai)

  • 1st Place – Spot Feature
  • 2nd Place – Middle School Movie Trailer
  • 3rd Pace – Middle School Public Service Announcement
  • Honorable Mention – Middle School Anchoring

Waianae Intermediate School

  • 2nd Place – Middle School Music Video
  • 2nd Place – Sweet 16 Broadcast Journalism

Moanalua High School

  • Honorable Mention – Laptop Journalist
  • Honorable Mention – Music Video

Waiakea Intermediate School (Hawaii Island)

  • 3rd Place – Middle School Anchoring

Waiakea High School (Hawaii Island)

  • Honorable Mention – High School Anchoring

Maui Waena Intermediate School (Maui)

  • Honorable Mention – Middle School Public Service Announcement

“There is an extraordinary wealth of talent among our public schools,” said Candy Suiso, a Waianae High teacher considered one of the pioneers of student video production in Hawaii. “Waianae High continues to set the standard among Hawaii’s schools, but what is rewarding is to see how many other schools have invested in this medium as part of their curriculum over the past decade.”

Waianae High School’s videos are available for viewing at​, while Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School’s winning videos can be found at

STN is a nonprofit organization started in 1999 by a group of dedicated teachers who volunteered their time, energy, and vision. With hundreds of affiliate public and private schools, STN embraces the educational components of broadcast journalism, video production, filmmaking and media by networking students and teachers with professionals in the industry. A list of competition winners can be found at

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