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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Highlands Newscasters Win in Student Technology Leadership Competition

Highlands High School Newscasting Team took top honors in a Student Technology Leadership Program competition.

 By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor

Students from Highlands High School took top place in an annual state project-based competition hosted by the Kentucky Department of Education. The Student Technology Leadership Program, or STLP, supports project-based learning through the use and creation of technology.

Technology teacher Bill Poff is the STLP sponsor, and Fort Thomas schools have been active in several STLP events over the years.

The program added Newscasting as a category a few years ago, said Director of Technology Diana McGhee. Fort Thomas did not participate the first year but since getting involved, Highlands has placed higher each year. After grabbing the runner-up spot last year, this year’s team came back from the competition as the state champions.

Some of the newscasting students were honored at the recent Fort Thomas Independent School Board meeting.

"The newscast challenge reflects all the hard work our new broadcasting program puts in every day. This really reflects more broadly than the four or five of us up here, because the entire class is involved. It’s a student-run program. We highlighted our day-to-day activities, how we put on the announcements by ourselves, our news shows, how we make videos and the process of student feedback," explained senior Kat Finseth.

She said the group created a 60-second Public Service Announcement about the Highlands Newscasting Program and provided a presentation with a posterboard to show how their class works.

Present at the board meeting were sophomore Marissa Bohen, juniors Nick Fischer, Vaeh Votel, and seniors Finseth and Zach Schutte. Finseth says she will attend the University of Oregon, majoring in political science and Schutte will go to Northern Kentucky University for Electronic Media and Broadcasting.


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