2018 Broadcast Pacemaker finalists announced

NSPA honors 14 broadcast news shows from eight states

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
Carlsbad, California
Editors: Kelsey Beekman, Connor Hanan, Peyton Headlee, Chris Weedman, Connor Young
Adviser: Doug Green


Joseph Gregori High School
Modesto, California
Editor: Katherine Swartz
Adviser: Jim McCarthy


Rampart High School
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Editors: Lee Brockway, Seth Plechas
Adviser: Patrick Moring


Oviedo High School
Oviedo, Florida
Editors: Blair Brown, Leeann Figueroa, Ashlyn Register
Adviser: Kevin Patterson


Plymouth North High School
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Editor: Peter Jamison
Adviser: Michelle Terry


HTV Magazine
Hillcrest High School
Springfield, Missouri
Adviser: Dave Davis


Steele News Live
Marion L. Steele High School
Amherst, Ohio
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
Coppell, Texas
Editors: Rachel Behrndt, Cole Calabro, Marissa Greene, Ashley Miznazi, Ashwin Suresh
Adviser: Irma Kennedy


WTV Daily Update
Liberty High School
Frisco, Texas
Editors: Wade Glover, Caitlyn Kleibert,  Divya Murali, Neha Perumalla, Marisa Uddin
Adviser: Brian Higgins


Leopard Spotlight
Lovejoy High School
Lucas, Texas
Editor: Grant Dennis
Adviser: Corey Hale


Eagle Nation News
Prosper High School
Prosper, Texas
Editors: Luke Cordy, Jake Fein, Sola Kantai, Kelly Trinh
Adviser: Michael Hatch


CHS Wired
Cody High School
Cody, Wyoming
Editors: Emmie Baker, Wyatt Burichika, Cheyenne Hume, Alicia Kain, Vicky Morales, Jackson Morris
Adviser: Erika Quick