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Mercer Island High School’s Broadcast Media Programs Earn National Awards

Mercer Island High School’s Broadcast Media Programs Earn National Awards
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Mercer Island, WA, March 8, 2024 - Mercer Island High School’s radio and TV programs have earned 10 national awards for excellence in broadcasting, teaching, social media, and student management from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

The annual Golden Microphone Awards were held during a live ceremony in New York City on March 1st.

Students and staff from KMIH 889 The Bridge and MIHS TV were in attendance. A highlight of the evening came when MIHS TV, who was competing in the contest for the first time, won Best TV Newscast for its weekly news report called “The Current '' and Media Tech teacher, Michael Ketchum was named Best TV Advisor in the nation.

KMIH 889 The Bridge continued its tradition of excellence by bringing home eight awards, which included political and community news coverage, public affairs programming, storytelling and student leadership.

Seniors Grace Go and Luke Gollin earned three awards for their reporting on community issues such as homelessness, a workers strike at Mercer Island’s Homegrown sandwich shop and political coverage of state lawmaker Lisa Wellman’s efforts to make computer science a graduation requirement for high schoolers. KMIH was also honored for its week-long coverage of Seafair.

Senior Elise McDonald won for her documentary about the origins of the Space Needle and fellow senior, Ellie Sadlier was named Best Student Station Manager.

Junior Hayley Nguyen won for her coverage of the Hollywood actor’s strike and sophomores Will Prock and Nova Shiers took the prize for Best Specialty Show for their weekly history feature.

The highly competitive IBS Awards recognizes excellence in high school TV and radio broadcasting nation-wide.

2024 IBS Winners

Best News Feature Story - Hayley Nguyen (Filmmaker David Kern Discusses the Hollywood Writers Strike)

Best Political News - Grace Go & Luke Gollin (Senator Lisa Welman’s Computer Science Bill)

Best Campus or Community News - Grace Go & Luke Golin (Homegrown Workers Strike)

Best Public Affairs Program - Grace Go & Luke Golin (Homeless Crisis in Seattle)

Best Specialty Show - Will Prock & Nova Shiers (Today in History)

Best Documentary - Elise McDonald (How The Space Needle Was Born)

Best Student/Station Manager - Ellie Sadlier

Best Social Media Campaign - KMIH Staff

Best TV Newscast - MIHS TV’s The Current: Isabella Ferrari, Grace Go, Harrison Giese, Page Evans-Riera, (Trick or Treat)

Best Advisor for TV - Michael Ketchum (MIHS TV)

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