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Hawaii schools dominate national television competition

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

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

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 NO 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.

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