Rockford TV studio claims Pillar of Excellence

May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

by KRIS DEYOUNG When one hears about major accomplishments in the field of television, often thoughts go to that of a luxurious ceremony representing what is known as “Television’s Gold.” Those in the TV industry are recognized for the greatest of accomplishments and performances both in front of and behind the lens. Those of us on the couch at home get to enjoy seeing some of our favorite shows and their creators as they wait in anticipation for this highly coveted award. That which is not often known to many is the high school division of the Emmys, which takes place all across the country. This year, Rockford students entered into the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences annual competition. This award represents outstanding television journalism by high school students. The best of the best around the state compete. This year, a group of Rockford seniors in the Advanced TV Studio classes took home first-place honors in the category of serious news. The team of students included Anna Dood, Kayla Tykosky, Mallory Bolin and David Dominiak. This team had the honor to cover the unique and sobering Healing Fields event that took place this past fall at Cannonsburg Ski Lodge, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy. This Pillar of Excellence is only the second ever to be won in the program, the last coming over seven years ago. The students were both shocked and honored at their victory. One of the lead videographers on the project, Tykosky shared how much she was impacted by the event itself. “September 11, 2001 was a major event that happened in our lives and impacted so many people,” she commented. “It was inspiring to hear how important remembering that day was to so many—even ten years later.” TV Studio instructor Kris DeYoung was most impressed with the level of professionalism in the project as well as the dedication from his kids. “These students were so impacted by the event that they really felt compelled to create a piece that was honoring to those lives who were affected by that tragic day. The students put in countless hours, and had a commitment to perfection, and the end result was one amazing video.” […]

Next year it will be cold, snow again for EXPO

March 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler said the crowds were a little less for this year’s eighth annual Rockford Chamber of Commerce Community EXPO, which was Saturday, March 17 at Rockford High School. Nonetheless, the event was obviously a success, and Shibler said every exhibitor he spoke with was pleased with the event. “This year it was a little less crowded and hectic,” Shibler said. With performances from the current Rockford High School play “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and other musical entertainment on the stage, four people winning $500 cash drawings and one nearly lucky winner coming close to taking home a free Chevrolet, the EXPO was “obviously a success,” in Shibler’s opinion. He said the weather doubtless played a role. Winners of the five hundred dollars were Terri Byrne, Alice Taylor, Suzanne Kanuscewski and Dave Baker. “Usually people come here to get out of the weather and see what’s going on. How many times in your life do you have a winter like this? It’s more like June outside than March,” Shibler commented. Dr. Shibler predicted next year’s EXPO to be held in snow and cold as in the previous seven years of the event. “Everyone I’ve talked to is very happy with today’s event.” Performances of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will take place March 23-25 at the Rockford High School Auditorium for those who enjoyed the sneak peek look at the amazing talent from Rockford High School students.