WAIANAE (KHNL) - There's a celebration on the Leeward Coast. Waianae High School has been awarded a national Student Emmy Award.
It's the first time a school in Hawaii has won the prestigious Student Emmy Award in the sports category. The students bested more than 600 entries from across the country. They have a busy schedule ahead of them. On Friday, they graduate. Next week, they head to New York City.
"Whatever we do, we put our best into what we do," says Waianae High senior Priscilla Mathewson.
The ambitious senior still can't believe she and her classmates won a Student Emmy award.
"I'm excited, happy. I don't really know how to feel!" says Mathewson.
They found out two weeks ago.
"All were trying to do was win that essay competition and we ended up winning so much other things," says Mathewson.
The piece was actually produced for another contest. But the program's technical advisor, Jon Allen also submitted the story to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
"They wanted to do something that no one could do anywhere else," says Allen.
The students were looking for a story unique to Hawaii.
"We got all different kinds of things that people on the mainland would normally not see. So we sat around for a couple hours and threw a bunch of ideas out there and the paddling idea came up. It's a strong validation that we've done a good job," says Allen.
Working as a team. Striving for excellence.
"I learned more about myself. about what i can do and what I can't do," says Mathewson.