News Release

10.5.2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BVTV Student News Team finalists in annual Pacemaker competition

The Blue Valley School District's Broadcast Technology program is one of six finalists in the 2007 National Scholastic Press Association's (NSPA) Pacemaker competition. Considered the Pulitzer Prize in school publications, the Pacemaker awards will be announced at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Philadelphia, PA in November.  Finalists were selected by a panel from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and based on journalistic content, writing and editing of the script, interviewing skills, and broadcasting abilities.

The news show Good Morning, Blue Valley is the Student News Team's entry for 2007.   This edition includes feature stories about a student who excels in spite of physical disabilities, a young student from Sierra Leone who is thriving in the USA, a mother and daughter who share teaching as a career, a program that teaches babies and toddlers to communicate through sign language, an athlete who overcomes many  physical challenges, and an activity that encourages elementary students to read.

Members of the BVTV Student News Team learn the advanced skills necessary as reporters and operators of studio and field equipment through hands-on training and practical application. Student productions include a one-hour live news show, Good Morning, Blue Valley . Blueprints, a news magazine, contains feature stories about the programs and people within the schools. 

Members of the 2006-07 Student News Team are Jason Browar, Courtney Bullis, Matt Compton, Makensie Davis, Greg Dubinsky, Alex Freeman, Sam Frickleton, Garrett Griffin, John Kurtz, Andy Lavin, Laura Licata, Brit Muhl, Phil Nohe, Mary Ellen Patterson, Hannah Pederson, Alex Sandmoen, Mike Sapenoff, Michael Simpson, Scott Simpson, Kayte Steinmetz and Jeremiah Watkins.

The Blue Valley program has previously won five Broadcast Pacemakers, 2001 through 2005. 

Adviser for the Student News Team is Bruce McRoberts.

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