2016-2017 Student of the Year Contest

2016-2017 STN Student of the Year Application

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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.


  •   One portfolio video on flashdrive, 10 minutes maximum, containing the entrant's best work, any excerpts of news coverage or any other segments produced by or including the applicant. The judges will not view more than 10 minutes so we suggest you have a strong close.
  •    A written, typed essay on the topic: “How STN has affected MY Story.”
  •  A resume of the student's related high school experience including conventions attended, training, awards, etc. Also, include in the resume plans for after high school. Resume must list complete contact information for each entry.
  •   Two letters of recommendation - one from the student’s teacher or adviser, printed on the school's stationery and one from a professional business person or story subject.


The winner will receive a $1000.00 scholarship and a plaque at the 2018 STN Convention.  The winner will also attend the 2018 STN Convention, address the conference group in the Opening Ceremony and work as an intern for the entire convention.  STN will cover the cost of airfare, shared hotel room and meals.

Runners-up will receive certificates. All will be recognized on the STN website.


Seniors graduating by June 30, 2017 at current STN affiliate schools.  School must be a fully paid STN affiliate, effective April 20, 2017.

Each school may enter up to two students and a school may have a winner and a runner-up.

Student Television Network
P.O. Box 2752
Carlsbad, CA  92018

There is no entry fee for this contest.



Jordan Elder
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 

Kallan Arkeder
Carlsbad High School
Carlsbad, CA

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.



Caden Cerulle
West Ranch High School
Valencia, CA

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.



Hadeel Saab
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.


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2016- 2017 STN Student of the Year Contest


The STN Student of the Year recognizes dedication to broadcasting, 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. 



2014- 2015

Student of the Year
Aaron Sortal
American Heritage School Plantation

Runner Up:
John Romanski
 Fort Mill High School


2013- 2014

Student of the Year
Gabe Gallegos
Las Cruces High School

Runner Up: 
Vernicia Griffie
Texas High School 


2012- 2013

Student of the Year 
Cameron Quon
Saugus High School

Runners Up:

Paxton DiBlasi
Park Hill High School

Bob Smith
Lee’s Summit West High School

Rachel Schisler
Park Hill South High School


 2011- 2012 

Student of the Year
Jamie Miller
Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center

Runners Up:

Victoria Nelli
Jackson Liberty High School

Delaney Drost
Carlsbad High School



Student of the Year
Christina Schoellkopf
Palos Verdes High School



Student of the Year
Noah Gray
Palmetto Senior High

Runners Up:

Sarah Sax
Palos Verdes High School

Karlie Swan
Lee's Summit High School



Student of the Year
Justin Chenette
Thornton Academy