FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BVTV students earn national recognition
The National Television Academy has announced the national winners of the Student
Television Award for Excellence recognizing outstanding television journalism by
high school students. Two members of the Student News Team from
BVTV18 were selected to receive one of six prestigious awards from a pool of 88
regional NTA chapter award-winners.
Receiving the top award in
the category of Public Affairs/Community Service/Public Service are senior Lara
Wilinsky of Blue Valley West High School and senior Matt Hayward of
Blue Valley High School. They
teamed up to produce the story about S.O.S. - Speak Out for Stephanie, an
organization founded by the parents of a murdered Blue Valley North graduate to
raise public awareness and change sexual predator laws in the state of
The national winners were
chosen by a blue ribbon panel consisting of sixteen Emmy Award winners.
The 2004 National winners will
be presented their awards at the National Television Academy Trustees Award
Dinner on June 3 in Los Angeles. The
winners will receive their award from Norman Pearlstine, Editor-in-Chief, Time
Inc. and Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. The Time Warner Foundation is the
sponsor of the Student Television Award for Excellence.
Other national winners are: Hillcrest High School, Springfield MO; Convent of the Sacred Heart,
Germantown High School, Germantown, TN; Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis IN; and
James Hubert Blake High School, Silver Spring MD.
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