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Beyond the Rock named top station of the year

RockfordBeyond the Rock, Rockford High School’s broadcasting network, was a big winner at the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards, once again earning the High School Visual Station of the Year award. 

This is the 10th consecutive year BTR has received the top visual station accolade, which is its 16th overall, said video production teacher Kris DeYoung.

From left, video technician Jason Springer, Beyond the Rock Executive Producer Trina Varano, Associate Producer Emily Pittman and video production teacher Kris DeYoung with the MAB award (courtesy)

BTR also took home first-place awards in the current events, documentary, editorial, hard news, news feature, newscast, public service announcement, sports feature, sports public service announcement, sportscast and scripted talk show categories, as well as several runner-up honors.

DeYoung said the accolades are well-earned.

“What impressed me the most was how (the students) came together as a team, and worked together to find success,” he said. “They told some meaningful stories, and created professional level content. It was a complete joy to watch them be rewarded for all their hard work; they deserved every award they accepted.”

The BTR team was led by Executive Producer Trina Varano, a senior, who was also part of a team recently honored with a National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award in early February. Trina said the MAB awards mean the world to the team.

“We created inspiring and beautiful stories that share powerful meanings, and seeing them get recognition at such a high level is something that I will forever cherish and take pride in,” she said.

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Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley is a reporter covering Cedar Springs, Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids and Sparta school districts. An award-winning journalist, Riley spent eight years with the Ludington Daily News, reporting, copy editing, paginating and acting as editor for its weekly entertainment section. He also contributed to LDN’s sister publications, Oceana’s Herald-Journal and the White Lake Beacon. His reporting on issues in education and government has earned accolades from the Michigan Press Association and Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. Riley’s early work in journalism included a stint as an on-air news reporter for WMOM Radio, and work on the editorial staff of various student publications. Riley is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He originally hails from western Washington.


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