2017-2018 Student of the Year Contest
2017-2018 STN Student of the Year
The STN Student of the Year recognizes dedication to broadcast journalism, film or media and a high level of achievement in journalistic, creative or video production efforts. Judges will look for consistency of effort, close attention to strong production values in all work, professionalism, related work outside the classroom, and the integrity of the final product. Produced pieces, written support documents and letters of recommendation will all be considered.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016-2017
STN STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Whitney High School
Sarah Murphy served as News Director, anchor, reporter, and photographer for WCTV19 at Whitney High School in Rocklin, California. She mentors and teaches other students to complete their news packages and has worked throughout her four years in WCTV19 to change the culture and build positive relationships within the program. She also supervises, writes, directs, and edits the program’s daily show, Unleashed.
Sarah has attended three Student Television Network conventions and is a member of the STN Honor Society. She has earned awards in the Fall Challenge, Nationals, and convention contest competitions. Sarah was selected as a presenter at the 2016 Excellence Awards ceremony, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sarah has been nationally and regionally recognized for her work. She was awarded the Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting 2017 Story of the Year, two Student Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and awards from organizations including CSPAN, Northern California Media Educators, and the Sacramento Bee. She was also selected to host the Northern California Media Educators awards ceremony and the annual Whitney High School athletic awards ceremony.
In Sacramento’s Style magazine, Sarah was recognized as one of the most impressive under 20 year olds in the area for setting the pace and making her mark on the world through broadcast journalism. Furthermore, Sarah won numerous speech contests at both local and state levels for organizations including the American Association of University Women, the Rotary Club, and the Lions Club. Sarah will be attending Utah State University in Logan, Utah this fall to continue her career in broadcast journalism.
2016-2017 STN Student of the Year Runner Up
Katy Lynn Zimmerman
Katy Zimmerman has been a part of the Lubbock Independent School District television program for two years. In addition to serving as a news producer for LISD-TV’s weekly student newscast, she has served as a technical director, anchor, and hosted live in-studio interviews. Katy has also worked in various crew positions for LISD-TV’s broadcasts of sporting events, including director and sideline reporter. During her senior year, she hosted LISD TV’s magazine show, Keepin It Reel, which runs on a local television network station.
In Summer 2016, Katy was one of two students selected from her school district to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Workshop in New York City. Part of that trip included an exclusive behind the scenes look at the CBS Evening News and dinner with CBS news anchor Scott Pelley.
Katy and her teammates won first place two years in a row in the Broadcast News competition at Skills USA and moved on to compete at the state level both years. Katy’s entry in the Take Care of Texas video contest won 2nd Place and included a $1500 scholarship. She has attended two STN conferences. She and her teammates were awarded 4th place in the 2017 Crazy 8 Sitcom competition in Anaheim, California.
In Spring 2017, Katy was awarded the LISD-TV student of the year scholarship. She was named Best On-Air talent by the LISD-TV staff. She graduated from Coronado High School in May 2017 with 28 dual credit college hours. She was a member of the Coronado High School Pom Squad for 3 years, the National Honor Society and was chosen to participate in the New Century Leadership program through the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. She was awarded the Students Making a Difference Award two years in a row.
Katy will be attending West Texas A&M in the Fall of 2017 and will be double majoring in Broadcasting/Electronic Media and Spanish. Her dream is to work in either in sports broadcasting or become a news reporter. She hopes to find a way to combine her knowledge of the Spanish language with her love of broadcasting.