Rockford TV studio claims state title no. 5

April 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

As soon as Anna Dood, student executive producer of Rockford High School’s (RHS) school news, approached the podium in her TV production class, you could tell she had a big announcement. All eyes were on her, as she let the class know results were in. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) had released the outcome of their yearly prestigious competition, and you couldn’t help but know good news was coming. One category at a time, Dood read results to the class, and the atmosphere quickly switched from silent anticipation to ear-clanging cheers. Finally, after all individual results were read, the class was waiting for the biggest announcement of them all: the state title. With great willpower, Dood held strong to the end, finally uttering those desired words, “We won MAB station of the year!” Loud applause, laughter and pounding on tables forested the advanced team that worked so hard to reach their goal. From the outset, this special team of students and their instructors had one major goal in mind for the year: to reclaim the title. The last victory for these video-loving Rams was in 2008. Since that year, Davison had claimed the crown three years in a row. “We watched their videos like game footage,” commented instructor Kris DeYoung. “We knew we had great competition, but this group wanted it bad, so bad they were even willing to meet in the summer to begin preparing. At one point I had students offering to find a babysitter for my daughter so they could come in on Sunday to work. Now that is dedication, and also pretty funny.” Alex Schaap, senior leader of the team, could feel the desire for the title from the get-go. “Mr. DeYoung and Mr. Springer got our whole class so fired up about this competition. Their passion for it was contagious. We really liked our ideas, and it was really exciting to see them succeed.” For Dood, it wasn’t just about the accolades, but her passion for the craft. “I worked hard because this is what I love to do and I want to be proud of my work, regardless of a prize or trophy.” With DeYoung’s first full year at the helm of the program, he was partially taunted […]

RHS students receive broadcasting awards

February 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

RHS News once again has the best newscast in the state of Michigan! Each year, the Rockford High School (RHS) broadcast communications class enters the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) high school and college broadcast competition. This year, the MAB awarded RHS News first place in “Newscast” hosted by Sam Vlaming, Molly Guthrie and Paige Helm. RHS also won second place in “Sports Play-by-Play” by Andrew Rademacher and Jake Schemmel, and “Public Service Announcement” by Beccie Manshaem and Melissa Eberlein. Honorable mentions went to Mitch Flinsky, Justin Wynn and Mike Rogan in the Michigan Air National Guard Current Events Program and to Dylan Bronkema and Andrew Rademacher for the news feature on American Idol Matt Giraud’s visit to RHS. The honorees will be attending the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing on March 9 to accept their awards. The students wrote, videotaped and edited all 22 entries in the advanced broadcast communications class under the direction of instructor Kris DeYoung and technician Jason Springer. The video topics ranged from distracted driving and winter driving to Matt Giraud and the Rockford Education Foundation. When Eberlein found out how well her video did in the contest, she replied, “I was shocked. I didn’t know people would like it [her PSA] that much.” Schemmel said, “It was a very fun experience and I learned a lot from it, and I was glad all my hard work paid off by finishing second in such a prestigious contest.” “I was proud to see everyone pour their heart and soul into their entries. They all deserved to win,” Springer added. DeYoung commented, “I could not be more proud of this team. It was amazing to watch their determination and dedication. They were coming in before school, after school, at lunch, even offering to come in on a snow day. Now that’s heart.” RHS Broadcast Communications took second place overall for the MAB “Station of the Year.”