December 13, 2019
Cypress Woods High School seniors, from left, Ralph Garrett, Zachary Stickle and Matthew Melancon earned a Sports Feature Story Honorable Mention award in the Student Television Network (STN) Challenge.
Dec. 13, 2019—Cypress Woods High School seniors Zachary Stickle, Ralph Garrett and Matthew Melancon earned a Sports Feature Story Honorable Mention award in the Student Television Network (STN) Challenge.
The trio, who have taken audio visual production (AVP) classes since sophomore year, had six days to complete the challenge. Stickle, Garrett and Melancon received the prompt, developed the story, shot the video and then edited and submitted the piece all in a week’s time.
Per STN Challenge rules, all entries must be entirely student produced. Cypress Woods audio visual production teacher Lori Andrade could not help her students but was able to push them to take a gamble on their piece.
“They were bouncing ideas around and they came up with the idea to do an esports piece,” Andrade said. “I said ‘you’re taking a gamble, but I think it’s a great gamble.’ If they ended up doing it right, it would benefit them.”
Stickle, Garrett and Melancon featured Stickle as their main subject. Stickle is a former lacrosse player who suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon that ended his career. Stickle then turned to esports to keep his competitive edge.
There are eight total categories in the STN Challenge including News Feature Story, Short Film and Public Service Announcement. The trio are the only students from Texas to place in this year’s contest. They are also the first students from CFISD to place in the national competition.
“We have been competing in this event for many years and this is the first time we have placed,” Andrade said. “I am extremely proud of these gentlemen to reach such an accomplishment. I believe this is the start of more to come from our program.”
The Student Television Network is a national organization that supports, promotes and recognizes excellence in scholastic broadcast journalism, creative video, filmmaking and media convergence.