2016-2017 Student of the Year Contest
SOTY recognizes the STN student who exemplifies the mission and values of the organization. The high school senior selected for this honor receives $1,000 plus a trip to the STN Convention for their speech at the Opening Ceremony.
Mail Delivery Deadline: 4/19/17
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2015-2016
STN STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Park Hill High School
Kansas City, MO
Jordan Elder is Executive Producer for PHHS-TV at Park Hill High School where she oversees the content for Trojan TV News and mentors other students. She interns at KMBC 9 News in Kansas City, MO, she is a wedding videographer and she produced the header video for the National Best Buddies Organization website. Jordan has won nine STN Awards, 13 national titles, 11 state championships and 6 city championships. She won the NATAS national Mike Wallace award that comes with a $10,000 prize. She has attended three STN Conventions and is a member of the STN Honor Society. At the 2014 STN Convention, Jordan was selected as a presenter to introduce the Keynote Speaker, Andrew Jenks at the Opening Ceremony. Jordan served as producer, writer and talent for her school’s contribution to the STN Collaborative Documentary on school safety, The New Safe. Jordan will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ this fall. Her dreams are to be a reporter and anchor for Good Morning America or World News Tonight.
2015- 2016 STN Student of the Year Runners Up
Carlsbad High School
Kallan Arkeder is an Executive Producer for Carlsbad High School’s CHSTV daily live show and she mentors other students as a Content Producer by reviewing and critiquing student stories. She has worked as a volunteer for Student Television Network since Middle School, she is Vice President of the Speech and Debate Club, a California High School Speech and Debate Championship Competitor, an Optimist Oratorical Speech contest winner and has been recognized for her work on the school newspaper by Student Newspapers Online. She is an accomplished pianist since 2004 and has held jobs at Snorkle Stores, Spas and restaurants. She has won awards from the Journalism Education Association, KFMB Channel 8 in San Diego, an NRG Energy Scholarship and numerous STN awards. Kallan has attended three STN conventions and was selected as a presenter at the 2015 convention. She also reported on behalf of STN and produced coverage of the La Costa Film Festival. She will be pursuing her college career in broadcast journalism.
West Ranch High School
Affectionately known as “Mr. STN,” Caden Cerulle is a Producer at West Ranch TV where he assigns the jobs and has contributed to the professional look of the show. He is a director, editor and actor on class and personal productions. He has attended SIX STN conventions going back to his middle school classes and has won numerous STN awards. He has attended STN summer camps and stepped up to be an STN Summer Academy Counselor where he mentored middle school students and supported the high school program with technical and production expertise. Caden was selected as an STN convention presenter where he wowed the audience with a twirl and a dip of his co-presenter and delivered an inspiring onstage presence. Outside of school, Caden works for STN by appearing on camera for Academy productions and has his work recognized by the Chancellor at College of the Canyons, The LA County Board of Supervisors, Westside Reader newsmagazine and the local news network, SCVTV. He has also worked with PBS News Hour and was a contributor for two years to the STN Collaborative Documentaries on school safety and poverty. He will continue his education as College of the Canyons in Valencia.
Palos Verdes High School
Palos Verdes, CA
In addition to being one of the Valedictorians at Palos Verdes High School, Hadeel Saab has a full plate of responsibility for the Live From 205 newscast. She is currently the show’s News Director where she oversees the scheduling, planning and production of the show. She is also the Yearbook Co-Editor in Chief of Design and an independent documentary film producer working on a film focused on the Orthopedic Institute for Children's outreach project in Ethiopia. Hadeel has attended three STN conventions and is active in Las Ninas, Model United Nations, Principal’s Advisory Council, National Honor Society, Student Television Network Honor Society, and French Club. She has won awards from the National Scholastic Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association and Girl Scouts as well as being a National Merit Commended Scholar. Hadeel will be attending the University of Pennsylvania and double major in Global Health and Communication.