AHS wins state high school radio awards

KAHS 106.5 FM, the radio station for Aberdeen High School, won four of the 12 titles at the state High School Radio Awards, including a sweep of the Best Public Service Announcement Campaign category, the school announced Monday.

Senior Erika Nelson won first in two categories, for Best PSA Campaign and Best Commentary. Sophomore Dakota Mullikin and Bailee Green, an eighth-grader from Miller Junior High, won second and third respectively to sweep the PSA campaign slot.

Sophomore Erin Kuhn earned a first for the Best PSA.

Kellen Schroeder, a senior, nabbed first place for Best Individual Newscast.

Schroeder and senior Stephanie Boone took third in Best Public Affairs Program. Mullikin also placed third in Best Commentary. Nelson also placed third for Best Radio Image Piece.

For the third year in a row, KAHS took second in Overall Excellence, tying with five-time former champion KNHC-FM of Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. The broadcast team from Mercer Island in Seattle won top team honors.

The team doubled their entire award count, having won four awards since the competition began in 2008, advisor and instructor Chuck Veloni said.

The awards connect high school students throughout the state with industry professionals and was the idea of KGHP-FM general manager and teacher Leland Smith. The professionals provide feedback, instruction and competition to help promote the industry.


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