*APS Students Earn PBS Reporting Lab Awards

News Flash
Posted on 09/14/2021
Image of SRL Student Awards 2021The SRL Awards are back, and Akron Public Schools is among the winners for the 2020-21 academic year. The SRL Awards honor the great work students accomplish each school year. To determine winners, SRL conducted a nomination process through its team of youth media producers who looked through all of the pieces published on its YouTube channel last school year, followed by a round of final judging by a group of trusted public media professionals.

Student producers receive individual certificates and $50 gift cards. SRL received more than 1,000 video submissions last school year. Our students’ voices added depth and needed perspectives to the NewsHour and public media’s programming.

Congratulations on this achievement! Check out this year’s winners (the videos are linked in each award):

FALL PROJECTS 2020-21
*BEST PIECE BY A MIDDLE SCHOOL
Students reflect on their modern-day heroes
Produced by Arianna Miller, J’adore Smith, Braelyn Starks
I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio, with support from SRL Connected Educators Susan Mongold, Angela Whorton, Youth Media Producer Becky Wandel, and Production Assistant Jaylah Moore-Ross

*UP AND COMING AWARD FOR RISING LABS
W.B. Saul High School, Philadelphia, PA
McCallum High School, Austin, TX
Howard Blake High School
I PROMISE School, Akron, OH

BEST COMPOSITION/CINEMATOGRAPHY
This brother helps his special needs sibling navigate remote learning
Produced by Zhenwei Gao
Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with support from SRL Connected Educator Bernadine Judson and Youth Media Producer Marie Cusick

BEST STORY
How this mom handles 6 distance learning students from her home
Produced by Sammy Johnson
Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, with support from SRL Connected Educator Bernadine Judson and Youth Media Producer Marie Cusick

BEST EDITING
Tricky dynamics of Zoom band class
Produced by Yeonseo Seok, Emily Baik, Thaïs Giraudet
Westview High School in San Diego, California, with support from SRL Connected Educator Robert Casas and Youth Media Producer Marie Cusick.

BEST LIGHTING
“I feel like I’m just living the same day, like over and over again.”
Produced by Siddharth Sudan, Avery Van Harte, Kobe Overdevest
West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch, CA, with support from SRL Connected Educator Jennifer Overdevest

BEST B-ROLL
How does a school choir practice during a global pandemic?
Produced by Elliot Corbin
Frederick V Pankow Center School in Clinton Township, MI, with support from SRL Connected Educator Michael Kaufman

WINTER/SPRING PROJECTS 2020-21
BEST B-ROLL
A year without shop class: How the pandemic disrupted students' career opportunities
Produced by Landon Reese, Philip Kvamme, Spencer Garcia, Antonio Santini
Windsor High School in Windsor, California, with support from SRL Connected Educator Paul Kinunen

BEST INTERVIEWS
'How can I enact change?' How this teen is working to combat racism in her community
Produced by Jordan Little
Duluth High School in Duluth, Georgia, with support from SRL Connected Educator Sheri Long and Youth Media Producer Victor Fernandez

BEST EDITING
Distance Learning and Isolation
Produced by Martin Telles
Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, Texas, with support from SRL Connected Educator Jeff Yale

BEST SCRIPT AND BEST MENTAL HEALTH PODCAST
Onivid (Youth Beat) “We are not all in this together”
Produced by Onivid Garzon
Youth Beat in Oakland, California, with support from SRL Connected Educators Sagresse Graham and Jake Schoenker

BEST EDUCATION AND BEST RACE AND JUSTICE
Student activists help divert millions in funding away from law enforcement in schools
Produced by Julia Escobar, Natalia Perez Morales
Venice High School in Los Angeles, CA, with support from SRL Connected Educators Eli Davidow, Nancy Zubiri, and Youth Media Producer Marie Cusick

BEST HEALTH SCIENCE
Zoom Fatigue
Produced by John Barnes with support from Youth Media Producer Eli Kintisch
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