Las Cruces Public Schools media students from across the district gathered last month to be recognized for their achievements at the Student Television Network Showcase Banquet. The banquet took place on April 24 at Mesa Middle School.

During the Showcase Banquet, middle- and high-school students screened their award-winning work, including news reporting, social media reporting and public service announcements. Media programs from Mesa Middle School, Sierra Middle School, Las Cruces High School and Centennial High School traveled to Seattle March 28-31 to participate in the 2019 Student Television Network Convention. During the four-day convention, students learn from professionals, participate in contests, meet peers, and acquire professional skills in a fast-paced environment.

Many LCPS students earned national awards at the convention. They are:

From Mesa Middle School, under the leadership of Liz Placencio:

  • PSA, 3rd Place — Amayiah Zamarripa and Matthew Hall
  • Spot Feature, 3rd Place — Riley Hall
  • Crazy 8 Broadcast News Magazine, Honorable Mention — Abigail Arambula, Paul Baugh, Jada Bryant, Marcus Casas, Marcos Castillo, Yenisei Chairez, Carly Dirnberger, Yanelly Garcia, Matthew Hall, Riley Hall, Alena Hernandez, Chelsey Hostetler, Isaac Nunez, Valentina Ochoa, Aaron Ortiz, Isabel Perez, Ryan Silva, Tatum Walraven, Amayiah Zamarripa and Makayla Zavala

From Sierra Middle School, led by Jason Day:

  • Anchor Spot, Honorable Mention — Chaley Cartwright, Lluvia Reza, Christopher Valdez and Brooklyn Maes

From Centennial High School, under the direction of Marissa Prentice:

  • Multimedia Journalist, 1st Place — Sarah Rodriguez
  • Spot Feature Story, 3rd Place — Rudy Cavazos, Kieran Binkley, Juan Gamon and Kenneth Andrews

From Las Cruces High School, taught by Justin Steigely:

  • Social Media Story, 4th Place — Lauren Park and Julissa Galaz
  • Podcast, 5th Place — Blake Bundy and Noah Gallegos

The national contest winners were also recognized at the LCPS School Board meeting on April 16.

During the April Showcase Banquet at Mesa Middle School, the students and their families viewed the award-winning entries, alongside other contest films, while enjoying movie-theater-style food — including popcorn, hot dogs, nachos and candy.

Twenty-four graduating seniors were also recognized at the event.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811,