Monday, August 21, 2000

Students win award for TV story

Glen Este group chronicles fight against cancer

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A group of Glen Este Middle School students might be the up-and-coming Dan Rathers and Diane Sawyers.

        The students won a national award from Channel One Network for producing the best middle-school television news story. The award-winning broadcast included a story about the successful battle against cancer by fellow student Morgan Adams. It was that story that secured the award.

        “It was just a culmination of a lot of hard work,” said Industrial Technology teacher Bob Brosmer, the group's adviser. “When we heard we won, there were tears in people's eyes because of the amount of effort.”

        The Glen Este group produces a newscast every day to be broadcast during Channel One programming. Channel One is an organization that provides free television service and news to schools by featuring ads targeted at youths.

        Glen Este's winning newscast featured announcements, a weather report and several feature stories.

        Laura McDonald, 14, who conducted the interviews and edited the feature on cancer, said the production was a team effort.

        The idea came from a brainstorming session among group members, said Laura, who will be a freshman at Glen Este High School.

        “Since there were people suffering from cancer at our school, we decided to do something on that,” she said.

        Laura said she doesn't think the win is accompanied by a material reward. But to her, the recognition is enough.

        “It makes you know everyone appreciates what you did,” she said. “It makes it worthwhile putting it together.”

        Morgan, who will also be a freshman at Glen Este, said the newscast gave her an opportunity to inform other people about cancer.

        During the interviews, Morgan, who has a slight speech impediment from the disease, talked about the tumor that was found on her brain stem, how she approached telling her friends and what the disease took away from her, including much of the use of the left side of her body.

        “I thought it would be helpful to some other kids if they get the disease,” she said.

        Morgan's battle has been a tough one, but she was happy her classmates won the award.

        “I thought it was pretty cool,” she said.

        The winner for best story in the high school division was Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Ark., for its report on an Arkansas High School drug bust.


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