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It’s nearing the end of the school year and high school seniors have many things to be proud of, especially for students at Whitney high school’s broadcast program.

They won more than a dozen awards locally, regionally, and nationally. This is the most number of awards they have won in one school year.

Student Television Network – National High School Broadcast Organization:

  • Awarded the students with the “Excellence Award, Best Daily – Taped Show” in the nation.
  • Awarded the sports staff with “Best Live Event” coverage in the nation; Live Sports Event, First Place

Directing Change, Mental Health Awareness:

  • Kayla Dowd & Sarah Nevins – PSA, Ending the Silence, First Place – Region 5
  • Camille Baldovino & Jillian Madden – PSA, Suicide Prevention, Second Place – Region 5, Third Place – State

NATAS Northern California Student Emmy

  • Sarah Murphy – Talent, Award of Excellence – Student Emmy Award
  • Savannah Hill & Sarah Murphy – Light News, Award of Excellence – Student Emmy Award

The Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting

  • Savannah Hill & Sarah Murphy – Feature Story of the Year – “Music as Medicine.”

“I just knew I wanted a talent reel by the time I graduated,” Murphy said. “So I entered it, and it ended up winning an Emmy too.”

Murphy is set to attend Utah State University for broadcast journalism.

State Capitol

  • May 18 – Presented with a Resolution by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
  • Also, the students recently raised $7,000 in just 14 days to buy a video production trailer. Here is a link to the GoFundMe:

“It’s humbling when someone wants to recognize the students for their work,” broadcast teacher Ben Barnholdt said.

Barnholdt applauds his students for their tenacity.

Lain Caulder directed the live broadcast that won them top honors in the country from the National High School Broadcast Association. He says this class changed his life.

“I’m an introvert. And I had hardly any confidence when I came into the program,” Caulder said. “So walking out of here I am going to college for film, and I have a lot of self confidence, and I can say that I’ve directed a large group of people, and I’m ready to do it again. Possibly as a career.”

Caulder will head to Emerson College Film School in Boston this fall.

“This is not the end for these kids. This is only the starting point. Where they go next, you’re going to see them on TV,” Barnholdt said. “You’re going to see them making a difference, wherever community they decide to live in, you’ll hear about them again.”