By Erin Melwing
Several media students from Henry County High School attended the annual Kentucky High School Journalism Association state convention on May 6 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Louisville. HCHS won 13 awards, including six first place awards in multiple categories.
About 80 students are involved in media classes at HCHS. The students submitted roughly 50 entries this year in the AA category. Category placement is determined by school enrollment, according to Steve Galyon, media teacher.
HCHS claimed first and second place for spot production. Seniors Brittany Cottrell and Sarah Grigsby won first place for their public service announcement.
“We did a public service announcement about achieving goals,” Cottrell said. “It was to show teens that you can make a positive out of a negative.”
WCAT News won best newscast. Kaitlyn Foree also won first place for her humorous feature concerning the ever-changing dress code at HCHS. Skylar Watson and Derek Craigmyle won third place for their humorous feature concerning senioritis.
“It was a ‘mockumentary’ about how students act their senior year, it contradicted what we actually did though because we couldn’t be lazy with the senior project,” Craigmyle said. “We kind of wanted to loosen up though before we cracked down.”
Wildcat Magazine won first and third place for best magazine show. HCHS received more awards in the magazine category than any other category entered. Many students cited the freedom of creativity as their favorite part of the production process.
“You’re creating something like art,” Shannon Martin said. “You can go any direction.”
HCHS had a successful year, according to students and Galyon. However, Galyon’s focus in the classroom is not on competing.
“I try not to put emphasis on contests because they’re subjective,” Galyon said. “If they’re happy with their final product, then that’s reward enough.”
Media goals for the next school year are consistent with this year’s goals. According to Galyon, telling a story remains the most important goal and focus in the media program at HCHS. Also, all other goals branch from the main goal of telling a story.
“As far as setting goals, I just want my kids to produce some good quality pieces and be happy with them,” he said. “And if they are, I’ve done what I had to do.”
With 13 more awards to their name, the media program at HCHS is now focused on producing the senior video in time for commencement next week.
“It was a good experience. I’m glad I got to be part of the class,” Grigsby said.
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