HAMMOND | It was an exciting honor for the 1st Place, State Championship win in the category of “Spot Production” by student Valarie Winkleman from the Area Career Center’s Multimedia Broadcasting Academy Program and Whiting High School. Valarie had entered her original commercial on the affects of drunk driving to compete in the (IASB) Indiana Association of School Broadcasters State Competition. Her commercial was judged upon opening, video and audio quality, script, presentation of information, closing, timing and overall impact.
The IASB is an organization consisting of and supporting Indiana high schools and colleges to promote professional excellence and student recognition in the area of media education. The high school competition is separate from the college competition that includes over 20 audio and video categories. The student entries are judged by professionals or educators in the field, and the top three in each category are recognized with plagues or certificates at University of Indianapolis during an awards session which was held on Monday, March 4th. Approximately 787 students and 39 high schools competed this year, which is the record number in comparison to previous years.
Mr. Robert Love, the Area Career Center’s Multimedia Broadcasting Academy instructor was also proud of students Deena Katsepas, (Munster High School), Andrew Robledo, (Clark High School), and Benjamin Tomera, (Highland High School), who competed in Television Corporate Video and placed 2nd in this category. Students had submitted a video on the promotion of the Area Career Center. They were judged upon opening, creativity, program flow, script, audio and video quality, editing, use of graphics, closing, and overall effect.
Precious Pabon’s, (Clark High School), Video In-Depth entry won 3rd place amongst all entries in the state. She submitted a news, feature story which was 2 minutes in length on Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival and was judged upon opening, story organization, originality, credibility, storyline, audio and video quality, pacing, closing and overall impression.
The experience of the competition and the opportunity for learning through workshops that were provided by professionals and educators gave all the students who attended the chance to broaden their knowledge and make choices regarding their future career goals in the field of media.