Posted on 05 April 2016.
BY JESSIE CHAIET
Aftershock, the weekly show of Cypress Bay Television (CBTV), received the Student Television Network (STN) Broadcast Excellence Award, naming it the best weekly show in the nation. Aftershock received this award at the STN Convention in Atlanta, which took place from March 10-13.
“We spend a lot of time doing our show, so it was really great to know it paid off in the end and to finally receive this award,” junior Jenna Leval, Executive Producer of Aftershock, said. “We’ve never gotten it before, and it’s been a contest for a really long time.”
For the Broadcast Excellence award, the nation is divided into six regions: Intermountain, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West. The winner of the whole nation was selected out of the winners of the six regions. Aftershock first won the best weekly show in the Southeast and then won first for the whole nation.
“We were truly happy to just be in the top six,” Leval said. “When we got top six, I knew we had a chance to win the whole thing, but I didn’t think it would actually happen.”
At the STN Convention, students participated in competitions, attended workshops and interacted with television students from around the country.
“The convention is my favorite thing in the world, and I wait all year for it every single year,” senior Gaby Olivera, news producer of Aftershock, said. “You learn so much and meet so many kids from all around the country that are interested in the same thing as you.”
Last year, Aftershock also won best in the Southeast, but this was the first year it won best in the nation. Olivera said she wasn’t expecting to win the award.
“I didn’t really have high expectations going into it,” Olivera said. “I was in disbelief when we won the award, and I still think it’s crazy.”
CBTV adviser Kurt Doster said Aftershock has won many awards, but none of them compared to this.
“It was very exciting for us to win this award after nine years of trying,” Mr. Doster said. “This award is the biggest we’ve had for the entire organization of CBTV.”
Mr. Doster said this is a significant milestone for Aftershock. He said he is amazed at how far this show has come.
“Over the years, Aftershock has developed from a show that didn’t exist, to some kids screwing around with cameras, to real journalists and filmmakers,” Mr. Doster said.
Leval said the award made her feel more pride in Aftershock. She said she thinks this win will provide extra motivation for Aftershock members.
“I think it will make us work harder since we know everybody is watching our show now,” Leval said. “We know that all eyes are on us, and we want to be able win again.”
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