Tech Morning Show wins six student production awards [PHOTOS]

ST. CLOUD – Local high school students were recognized for their hard work in video production.

The Tech Morning Show recently took home multiple Student Production Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Foundation. The morning show is a third year and Club Advisor Matt Keil says students fill a variety of different roles.

Everyone does everything because they don’t know. If they say, oh, I just want to keep the camera rolling, then next week they say, can I do this interview? Yes, you can do the interview! Anyone can do anything. They all need to know how to edit. They all need to know how to operate a camera. You all need to know how to connect everything.

Three years ago, when the new school was being built, the morning show began, giving students hands-on experience writing, producing, directing and editing their own videos, which are compiled into 4-11 minute episodes. After verification, the show will be published in the group Youtube channel.

Keil says because the show is pre-taped and not live, students from all backgrounds involved in a variety of other activities can participate.

Students can join at any time during the year. You can go and come back for other activities. Not everyone makes it through the year. Some are in language, some in sports, some in music.

Because of the format of the show, students can choose segments that interest them and cover things they are passionate about. Senior Ruweyda Ali says she performed a PSA at the school’s blood drive to clear up cultural misconceptions.

When I spoke to some of my friends and other people in our school about the blood drive and whether they wanted to donate, they were all hesitant because it was the month of Ramadan and they didn’t know whether they wanted to donate blood or not. So I decided to research it because I knew you could donate blood but I didn’t know the rules behind it.

Some of the students involved in the morning show say they are interested in a career or education in a media-related field, while others say they do it just as a hobby.

The group was nominated by the administration for the Student Production Awards and submitted 10 clips for consideration from 220 entries from 35 schools in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. From those entries, Tech received eight nominations and won six awards in the categories of Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs, Music Video, Advertising, Director, Editor and Photographer.

Junior Daniel Koch says the awards boosted students’ morale.

It was absolutely a morale boost because Tech was a new school at this event and we ended up winning the most prizes of any school that participated.

The students’ work advances to the National Student Production Awards, where they compete against winners from other regions. These winners will be announced this fall.

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