Seven Pagosa High School students traveled to Los Angeles March 2-7, to attend the Student Television Network (STN) national convention.
STN is the nation’s largest broadcast organization serving secondary schools. The PHS students gathered with over 2,000 others from across the county who are interested in all forms of video production.
The convention, held in Anaheim at the Disneyland Resort Hotel, included workshops with well known broadcasters, videographers, filmmakers and other industry professionals. Along with the instruction and learning, students entered contests which tested their shooting, editing, time-management and creative skills.
Although there were many highlights of the trip, the best came when PHS students were recognized with top national awards.
Casey Crow and Dakota Jarvie were “Top 5” in two short film categories for their production, “Truth Be Told.”
A second group (Casey Crow, Jordan Davey, Emmi Greer and Wes Royston) won second place in the music video contest. Both contests are favorites among high school video producers, with over 40 entries in each of these categories; Pagosa Springs students held their own while competing against the big California, Texas, Florida and East Coast schools.
Another element of pride, especially in light of the district’s budget crisis, was that each of these students and their teacher raised 100 percent of their own funds for the entire trip — a trip that was not only successful, but delivered experience and insight to each one who attended.
Unfortunately, also due to budget woes and a move to a five-period day, the PHTV program at the high school will undergo changes for the 2010-2011 school year, but for now, the success of the program is not only recognized at the high school, but nationally as well.