4 Maui Public Schools Win National Awards at Student Television Network Conference


Students from 13 Hawaiian public schools — including four on Maui — won 36 national media awards at the 2022 National Student Television Network Convention held over President’s Day weekend in Long Beach, in California.

Approximately 3,000 middle and high school students across the United States entered the contest. Due to COVID travel restrictions, approximately 185 Hawaiian students from 17 public schools in the state competed through a satellite site at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, which the Hawaii State Department of Education has helped sponsor.

Maui Waena Intermediate in Kahului won six awards, including three first-place finishes in the college category for its Short Film, Crazy 8’s: Short Film, and Crazy 8’s: News Magazine. Schools Kamehameha Maui in Pukalani won first place for its music video in the high school category.

Lahaina Intermediate and Kamehameha Maui (middle school) schools in Pukalani also won awards.

Student Television Network supports, promotes and recognizes excellence in school journalism, film and multimedia.

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Hawaiian students competed in on-site media competitions in 20 different categories Saturday and Sunday. The competitions required a variety of activities, including building an anchor reel and motion graphics and producing a music video, fictional film trailer, commercial, a public service announcement and a short film – all within strict deadlines.

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“The students and teachers who participated in this rigorous competition certainly represented their schools and our entire state well, and we are so proud of each one of them,” said Acting Superintendent Keith Hayashi. “We are thrilled that our students have had the opportunity to share their creativity and digital media skills with their peers across the country. It is these authentic learning experiences that help develop and strengthen the critical skills needed for our future workforce, in creative media and other high-demand sectors.

Hawaii Schools won 31 awards for work produced in on-site competitions. Moanalua High School won the most awards, winning nine awards. In separate Student Television Network awards for excellence in filmmaking, Moanalua High School won four awards and Waiakea High School won one award.

Students also had the opportunity to participate in educational workshops sponsored by PBS Hawai’i’s HIKI NŌ New Student Program statewide during the convention.

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“Year after year, our HIKI NŌ students have made Hawai’i proud by showcasing their talents on the national stage in the annual STN competition, winning a disproportionate number of awards compared to highly populated states such as California and New Zealand. Texas,” PBS Hawaiʻi said. President and CEO Ron Mizutani. “It’s gratifying to see the joy on the faces of these students as they compete.”

The winning Hawaiian schools and categories at the convention:

Reportage (College)

  • Honorable Mention: Maui Waena Intermediate

Movie Trailer (College)

  • First place: Aliamanu Middle

Motion graphics editing

Commercial (College)

  • First place: Chief Kamakahelei Middle
  • Third place: Honouliuli Middle
  • Honorable Mention: Intermediate Lahaina

Commercial (high school)

Telling the story montage (high school)

  • Second Place: Moanalua High

Silent film (college)

  • Honorable Mention: Kamehameha Schools Maui – Mid

Anchor team (college)

  • Second Place: Maui Waena Intermediate

Short film (College)

  • First place: Maui Waena Intermediate
  • Second place: Honouliuli Middle

Short film (high school)

  • Third place: Moanalua High

PSA (College)

  • Third place: Intermediate Lahaina
  • Honorable Mention: Moanalua Middle

PSA (high school)

  • Honorable Mention: Moanalua High

Commentary (high school)

  • Honorable Mention: Moanalua High

Action Sports Editing (High School)

  • First place: Kamehameha Schools Maui – High

Personal vlog (college)

  • Honorable Mention: Honouliuli Middle
  • Honorable Mention: Chief Kamakahelei Middle

Personal vlog (high school)

  • Honorable Mention: Moanalua High

Music video (college)

  • Second place: Intermediate Highlands
  • Third place: Maui Waena Intermediate

Music video (high school)

  • First place: Kamehameha Schools Maui – High
  • Third place: Moanalua High

Vertical storytelling (high school)

  • Second Place: Moanalua High

Multimedia Journalist (High School)

  • First place: Kauai High
  • Second Place: Waianae High

Crazy 8s: news magazine (middle school)

  • First place: Maui Waena Intermediate
  • Third place: Kamehameha Schools Maui – Middle
  • Honorable Mention: Intermediate Highlands

Crazy 8s: news magazine (high school)

  • Third place: Moanalua High

Crazy 8s: Short Film (College)

  • First place: Maui Waena Intermediate
  • Second place: Honouliuli Middle

Crazy 8s: Short Film (High School)

  • First place: Moanalua High

Excellence Award:

Cinematic Excellence – Writing

Raised of Waakea

Cinematic Excellence – Editing

Top of Moanalua

Cinematic Excellence – Best Cinematography

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Cinematic Excellence – Best Direction

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Cinematic Excellence – Best Live Action Film

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