Warrior TV student takes third at Student Television National Convention

Add another accolade to the White County High School broadcasting program’s list – a Warrior TV student was honored recently at the Student Television National Convention.

Carson Finley took third place in sports highlight, an award he also receive last year with Ryan Kerley, said Charles Dewalt, executive director for Warrior Broadcasting. This year 14 Warrior TV students, plus Dewalt and broadcast video instructor Kayla Everett, made the trip to Seattle for the convention. Dewalt said he and Everett are proud of Finley and all the students. They all were able to make their deadlines for the competitions.

“(For sports commentary,) what happened is the students are given a piece (to watch) that is generally, like a basketball game or football game. They’re told a little bit about it, and it’s like they’re live calling the event,” Dewalt said. “It’s really hard for kids to place on a national stage.”

The group entered several other contests, including one where they had eight hours to make an eight-minute film on a certain theme and with a prop. The theme was the puddle jumper, and the prop was a green poncho. Students had to come up with the idea for the video on their own and do all of the work, Dewalt said. He and Everett could interject a little, but they let the students do the work, though Everett did star in the film. The premise of the film was that Everett had special needs, was the sister of one of the others, and loved to jump in puddles.

Other contests the students participated in were a silent film and weather reporting.

“We did not place on any of them,” he said. “It’s very hard to place on a national level. We’re truly honored and humbled that out of all the students that we were able to pull off an award anyway.”

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