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The Carlsbad High School and Valley Middle School broadcast journalism programs won the Award of Excellence from the Students Television Network as the best programs in the country. Courtesy photo
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Carlsbad High, Valley Middle take top student broadcast honors

CARLSBAD — The dynasties continue to pile up awards for two of the country’s best student broadcast journalism programs.

Carlsbad High School and Valley Middle School were tapped with the Students Television Network’s Award of Excellence on April 7. CHSTV won the “Daily, Live” category and VMS took home the top spot for best “Middle School,” according to Doug Green, who teaches both programs and is a former California Teacher of the Year.

This is the 13th year the CHS program has been honored with the Award of Excellence and the ninth win for VMS, according to the Carlsbad Unified School District.

“Congratulations to VMSTV and CHSTV for winning the Broadcast Excellence Awards for Best Middle School and Best Daily Live Show (respectively),” said Nancy Held Loucas, Student Television Network CEO. “VMSTV and CHSTV are outstanding examples of scholastic journalism and they inspire our schools to exceed expectations.”

The VMS and CHS broadcast journalism program is a career pathway for students in seventh through 12th grades, who are interested in careers where they will have an opportunity to create, communicate, collaborate and innovate.

This is the 13th year the CHS program has been honored with the Award of Excellence and the ninth win for VMS. Courtesy photo

The award ceremony was scheduled for mid-March, but CUSD Superintendent Ben Churchill “pulled the plug,” on allowing the Carlsbad students to attend, Green said. He added, it was the right call as hundreds of students, if not more, from around the country traveled to Washington, D.C. for the convention, but were turned away as the city shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The STN then announced the winners several days later. Green said while it’s old hat for him on winning the most prestigious award in student journalism, he reminds himself it’s new to the students.

“Every year it’s new kids winning the award,” he added. “It’s the best of the best. It was great timing because I think the kids needed a bit of a pick-me-up.”

Although students are at home doing online learning, Green said the broadcasts have not stopped. His students produce news broadcasts from their homes and release their work every Thursday.

Still, his students are riding high from winning the meaningful award.

“Winning the Award of Excellence is incredibly motivating that our hard work at VMSTV was recognized,” said Gabe Benson, an 8th Grader at VMS.

“Producing an award-winning show is motivation to continue to take risks, never settling for average, but striving for excellence,” added Shaylynn Foley, a senior executive producer at CHSTV.

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