MINNEAPOLIS — The nation’s top scholastic broadcast news programs were recognized today by the National Scholastic Press Association who announced the 14 finalists in its annual Pacemaker competition.
“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best.”
The NSPA Pacemaker award has a rich tradition and started just a few years after the organization was founded in 1921. The Pacemaker was added for broadcasting in 1996 to reflect its growing importance at the high school level.
Each school entered three programs from the 2017-2018 school year. A team of three judges from College Broadcasters, Inc. viewed each entry discussing its strengths and weaknesses.
The judging team praised the overall quality of the entries: “The Pacemaker-winning entries stood out for their quality, not only in the production, but in the stories being told, the writing, editing and hosting, and the willingness to tackle controversial topics. These were exceptional newscasts start to finish.”
Shows were divided into live and pre-recorded categories. The frequency of the broadcast was also considered with daily shows competing in a category with weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or less-frequently in another.
The 14 Pacemaker finalists included schools representing eight states. Texas lead with four broadcast programs named as finalists. Overall, four of the finalists produced live broadcasts and six aired daily shows.
Of the 14 Pacemaker finalists, seven will be named Pacemaker winners. In all, there were 50 entries.
Insights and observations from the judges about the Pacemaker winning broadcasts will be posted when the Pacemaker winners are announced along with professional bios of the judges.
Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention, Nov. 1-4, 2018 in Chicago.
Carlsbad High School
Editors: Kelsey Beekman, Connor Hanan, Peyton Headlee, Chris Weedman, Connor Young
Adviser: Doug Green
Joseph Gregori High School
Editor: Katherine Swartz
Adviser: Jim McCarthy
Rampart High School
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Editors: Lee Brockway, Seth Plechas
Adviser: Patrick Moring
Oviedo High School
Editors: Blair Brown, Leeann Figueroa, Ashlyn Register
Adviser: Kevin Patterson
Plymouth North High School
Editor: Peter Jamison
Adviser: Michelle Terry
Steele News Live
Marion L. Steele High School
Editors: Brooke Armbruster, Drew Baaske, Ana Colon, Ashley Demyan, Gehrig Gabrie, Peter Georgas, Marisa Gillam, Jonah Kamnikar, Alex Kernell, Michelle Kissane, Rachel Lasso, Allen Matakovich, Jenna Moore, Kimmy Newton, Megan Parks, Jaida Perez, Rachel Pratt, Brittnee Rourke, Nina Ruiz
Adviser: Mark Lowrie
Richland Northeast High School
Columbia, South Carolina
Editors: Jamie Collins, Kayla Jeffers
Adviser: Andrew Chambers
The Buzz TV
Fort Mill High School
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Editors: Thomas Hart, Camden Miller
Adviser: Karin McKemey
Coppell High School
Editors: Rachel Behrndt, Cole Calabro, Marissa Greene, Ashley Miznazi, Ashwin Suresh
Adviser: Irma Kennedy
WTV Daily Update
Liberty High School
Editors: Wade Glover, Caitlyn Kleibert, Divya Murali, Neha Perumalla, Marisa Uddin
Adviser: Brian Higgins
Lovejoy High School
Editor: Grant Dennis
Adviser: Corey Hale
Eagle Nation News
Prosper High School
Editors: Luke Cordy, Jake Fein, Sola Kantai, Kelly Trinh
Adviser: Michael Hatch
Cody High School
Editors: Emmie Baker, Wyatt Burichika, Cheyenne Hume, Alicia Kain, Vicky Morales, Jackson Morris
Adviser: Erika Quick