News Release


BVTV18 students earn "Student Emmy Awards"

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 seven prestigious awards.   Their story originally earned first place in the Mid-America regional competition.

Receiving the top award in the News category are senior Kayte Steinmetz of Blue Valley West High School and senior Sam Frickleton of Blue Valley High School.  They teamed up to tell the story of a Russian-born child with disabilities who is thriving in her adopted country.  They will receive a crystal pillar engraved with a replica of the Emmy Award at a ceremony in New York City.

In the regional mid-America competition, several student productions received recognition. 
-- Hubbard Family Public Affairs/Community Service/Public Service category:  Blue Valley West seniors Laura Licata, Courtney Bullis, and Blue Valley High senior Sam Frickleton won first place for reporting on the Parents as Teachers program that helps babies and toddlers use sign language to communicate.
-- Runner-up in the same category was earned by Blue Valley High seniors Garrett Griffin and Michael Simpson for their story on a student resource officer who has protected many United States presidents.
-- News category:  BV West seniors Courtney Bullis, Laura Licata and Blue Valley High senior Sam Frickleton earned second place for their story about a youngster from Sierra Leone who survived a brutal attack and is now thriving in the United States. 
-- Sports category:  BV West senior Hannah Pederson and BV North senior Phil Nohe earned first place for their story about a Blue Valley North junior who overcame a health issue and became a leader on the Mustangs football team.

For a list of all winners and their productions for 2006-07, go to

Members of the BVTV Student News Team learn the advance skills necessary as reporters and operators of studio and field equipment through hands-on training and practical application.  Student productions include a one-hour weekly news show, Good Morning, Blue Valley.  Blueprints, a news magazine, incorporates feature stories about the programs and people within the schools.  A sports show, It's Game Time, offers highlights of Varsity athletic contests involving Blue Valley high schools.  Adviser for the Student News Team is Bruce McRoberts.

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