Channel 97 News wins Pacemaker

Channel 97 News wins Pacemaker

(From left to right) Randi Barron, Jeff Kuchno, Tori Hotz, and Naila Vohra hold up their pacemaker plaques and best of show certificates.

The 2012 Channel 97 News Broadcast won a Pacemaker award at the National Journalism Convention in San Antonio, TX on Nov. 17. OHS was one of only two schools to win the Pacemaker Award in the monthly broadcast category. Springfield Hillcrest was the other.

“We are hanging with the best schools in the nation,” said OHS broadcast adviser Mr. Jeff Kuchno. “To be mentioned in the same company with Hillcrest is a great honor.”

Channel 97 News Broadcast also placed eighth in Best of Show. The Broadcast has earned  Best of Show recognition three years in a row.

“It’s nice to know that I helped do something that is nationally recognized,”  line producer John Stinson (12) said, “but I couldn’t have done it without Ryan (Huegerich, last year’s line producer).”

Winning of the award was a pleasant surprise to Kuchno. “When they announced that we won, I was like ‘wow’.” Kuchno said.

According to Kuchno, a Pacemaker Award is the highest scholastic honor for a broadcast.

“Our students and Mr. Jeff Kuchno work very hard to assemble the best broadcast possible and seek new goals every year to make our program stronger.”  OHS principal Mrs. Jan Kellerman said.

Other programs won recognition at the convention. Tiger Paw yearbook placed tenth in Best of Show. In individual the write-off contest, Tori Hotz (12) and Randi Barron (12) won honorable mentions for yearbook copy captions.