During the last week of March, a select group of thirteen students received the opportunity to represent Nease’s student broadcast program Wired at the Student Television Network Convention in Anaheim, California. The students received several awards at the convention: Regional Southeast Broadcast Excellence, First Honorable Mention for the anchor team (or 4th place) and First Place for Crazy 8s. The project submitted for the Broadcast Excellence awardwas completed in November of 2016, as a preconference competition. Crazy 8s is the convention’s morning broadcast news show competition, where students groups are granted only eight hours to put together an entire news show with only a stripped-down lead to begin with.
Wired’s performance in the convention places them as the top student program in southeast America for Broadcast Excellence. Mr. Cooler, the teacher sponsor for Wired, sums up the experience in one word: “insane.” Though the convention lasted for an entirety of five days, the convention hosted about 3,000 students from across the nation and held competitions categories for “every type of TV Production” you could think of” such as music videos, short films, commercials, etc.
The Wired program has already set a multitude of goals for next year’s STN Convention, which will be held in Nashville. When asked about his set goals for the convention, Mr. Cooler has set his sights on “winning everything,” and is hopeful to participate in more preconvention competitions. He would also love to bring a larger group of students in the following year, and that with a arger group, the program would be able to “spread the students out a little bit more, and then hopefully that way, we could win a lot more awards and really test out everyone’s abilities.”