News Release

4.7.2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kansas Association of Broadcasters presents student awards for 2004

The Blue Valley Schools Student News Team earned top honors in the annual Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) Student Broadcast Awards competition.  The awards were announced at the Student Seminar & Career Fair on April 5, 2004 at the Overland Park Marriott.

In the category of Complete Newscast, Good Morning, Blue Valley received first place.  In the Hard News Package category, BVN senior Ashley Beard took first place for her story about Mad Science, an after-school program at Leawood Elementary.  The Watchdogs program at Overland Trail Elementary earned second place honors for BVN senior Jennifer Cummings and BVNW senior Kevin Risen.

The Student News Team swept the Complete News Feature category.
- BVW senior Lara Wilinsky and BVHS senior Matt Hayward earned gold and a perfect score for their story about Stephanie Schmidt and the organization that evolved from her tragic death, the Speak Out for Stephanie Foundation (S.O.S.).
- Second place was awarded to BVHS juniors Ally Ross and Alex Hughes for their story about a visually impaired Stilwell Elementary student who is succeeding in the classroom.
- Earning Honorable Mention was a story about a Heartland Elementary student who is defying the odds thanks to family, friends, and Blue Valley District staff.  BVN seniors Britni Benage and Ally Hamacher worked with BVNW senior Chris Pearson on this project.

In the Complete Sports Feature category, BVNW seniors Ashvin Coca and Kevin Risen earned first place for their story about the district gymnastics team. Girls from all four high schools come together as one for gymnastics competitions.  Second place was awarded to BVW junior Adam Squitieri and BVN senior Zak Golden for reporting on the challenging season of the BVN quarterback.

BVW senior Matt Baysinger garnered a second place award for his report on the BVHS football team winning the 5A state championship in the Sports Report category.

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