News Release

11.23.2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BVTV18 Broadcasting program wins fourth consecutive Pacemaker

The Blue Valley School District's Broadcast Technology program brought home its fourth consecutive Pacemaker award, one of four top prizes in the 2004 National Scholastic Press Association's (NSPA) annual competition. Considered the Pulitzer Prize in school publications, the Broadcast Pacemaker awards were announced at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2004. Professional broadcast journalists independent of NSPA serve as judges for this competition. 

 

This year's winning entry was Good Morning Blue Valley show, produced by the 2003-04 Student News Team.  In addition to sports highlights and weather, this edition includes features on teen driving safety; how parents have lobbied for legal reforms in the aftermath of a tragedy; and a seven-year-old student beats the odds with the help of district staff.

 

Winning this year places the Blue Valley program in an elite group:  Hillcrest High School of Springfield, MO is the only other school that has won four consecutive Pacemakers.

 

The 2003-04 Student News Team garnered top honors in the NSPA Broadcast Story of the Year categories which were announced in October:  first place in broadcast news story, third place in broadcast sports, and third place in broadcast feature.

 

Chris Pearson, Student News Team alum and producer of three Pacemaker shows, can talk about a student's perspective of this award.  He can be reached by cell phone at (913) 449-7555. 

 

Adviser for the BVTV18 Student News Team is Bruce McRoberts.

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