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Cave City radio/TV students medal at SkillsUSA State Championships

The Cave City High School radio and television students participated in the SkillsUSA State Championships on March 29, and many students were able to bring home medals in several contests. 

This year, Cave City was able to participate in seven competitions with 21 students. Seventeen of those students earned medals in their respective competitions.

Senior Tristen Higginbottom earned a gold medal for Job Skill Demonstration A. This competition featured students demonstrating an entry-level skill for the career they trained for. Higginbottom demonstrated how to produce a thirty-second radio commercial.

Junior Evan Lovell earned a bronze medal for the Job Interview competition, where he role-played being in an actual job interview for a position at a radio station.

Junior Andrew Doyle, sophomore Rose Mendez, and freshman Caden Melton earned a gold medal for their entry in the Promotional Bulletin Board competition. They designed and created a SkillsUSA bulletin board.

In Audio/Radio production, seniors Erica Chappell and Noah Brooks earned the bronze medal for their three-minute newscast production, and freshmen Ian Sanders and Jadyn Stauffer earned the silver medal in the same competition.

The final competition in which Cave City medaled was Broadcast News Production. This competition features four students writing, producing, and performing a live five-minute television newscast.

The silver medal went to the team featuring sophomore Stevie Scheffler and junior Alexis Cresswell as anchors, senior Logan Middleton as floor director, and junior Jagger Woods as technical director.

Cave City earned the gold medal with the team featuring senior Cole Mitchel and junior Eliza Westmoreland as anchors, senior Ann Moser as floor director, and junior Mason Green as technical director.

Gold medalists also earned a two-year tuition deferment to select two-year colleges around Arkansas as well as an automatic berth in the SkillsUSA National Championships this June.  Nationals will also be a virtual event this year, with next year’s event to be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cave City students tied for second place in the state with the highest number of medals earned by a school with 17 in total.  The first place school earned 20 medals. 

The awards show was held April 29 with a live Facebook broadcast. Keith McKnight, the state director for SkillsUSA, told students during the broadcast that plans are for next years’ state championships to return to Hot Springs.

Along with the recent ASU Creative Media days competitions where 15 students won medals and several more earned honorable mentions, the Cave City radio/TV students have had a big month of awards.

SkillsUSA is a career technical student organization for the trades, technology, and health skills programs in America. SkillsUSA hosts an annual statewide competition where high school and college students can compete against other students from similar programs from around the state. These competitions are held in all 50 states and several U.S. territories. 

Arkansas’ state championships are usually held in Hot Springs in April, but this year it was a virtual event because of COVID-19 restrictions. Students filmed their respective competitions and then submitted them to the SkillsUSA state director who then shared those videos with the respective judges for each competition.

“Here at the Cave City radio/TV department, we couldn’t be more proud of our students’ efforts and the awards they’ve earned,” said Ben Johnson, instructor/SkillsUSA advisor/KVMN general manager. “We truly do look forward to another fantastic year.”

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