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Hillcrest's student-produced show wins again

Hillcrest High School’s monthly student-produced television show "HTV Magazine" was named the Midwest Regional winner from the Student Television Network (STN). The national winners are announced in Seattle on Mar. 30, 2019, at the STN convention.

“HTV Magazine” began in the fall of 1989, and students have planned and produced 243 monthly shows about teen issues and events since that beginning. It is the longest running monthly student newscast in the nation, and it will celebrate its 30th year in the fall and produce its 250th show. Each year, Hillcrest High School students audition to become a part of the 20-member team. Journalism teacher Dave Davis has been the adviser since the first production.

The show has won many awards. Among the awards are:

  • 8 Robert F. Kennedy High School Journalism Awards (national record)
  • 13 NSPA Broadcast Pacemaker Awards (national record)
  • 8 Excellence Awards from the Student Television Network (STN)
  • 30+ Mid-America regional and NATAS national honors from the National Television Academy

“The show we are nominated for this year was just our second show of the school year, so we were not totally pleased with it. But, it reflects what our students have always tried to do -- serious journalism about topics they and other teenagers care about,” says HTV adviser Davis. “The honored program includes an update on how meth is getting to the Ozarks, a look at the rise in teen gambling, and the medical marijuana ballot issue from the election last year.” 

To help celebrate HTV’s 30th year visit to see the complete list of their awards.

The winning show (in the final six in the U.S.) is #241: