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Former Jag News students snag four Rocky Mountain Emmys

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Former South Mountain High School Jaguar News students pose with their trophies at the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. From left to right: Amanda Salameh, Christian Guzman, and Florence Kivalu.

Former South Mountain High School Jaguar News students pose with their trophies at the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. From left to right: Amanda Salameh, Christian Guzman, and Florence Kivalu.

Former South Mountain High School Jaguar News students pose with their trophies at the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. From left to right: Amanda Salameh, Christian Guzman, and Florence Kivalu.

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Former South Mountain High School Digital Communication video students won four Rocky Mountain Emmy student production awards at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.

The Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards is a regional event that covers Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyo- ming and El Centro, California.

Video teacher Heather Jancoski accompanied the former Jaguar News students to the awards ceremony.

“It was really cool because we got to see people from ABC15 and Channel 3,” said Jancoski. “One of the kids was all excited because Nick Cilette on Channel 15 was there.”

The host of the event was David Koechner, who was in the movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Florence Kivalu, who was a sports reporter and an editor for Jag News last year, won two Emmy awards. One was the Sports Category. The other was Best Newscast.

“I took a long time in editing and capturing b-roll footage of the teams,” said Kivalu. “And also making space out of my busy schedule to interview the indi- vidual seniors and teammates from the sports teams and step team.”

Amanda Salameh, a former anchor, reporter, and technical editor for Jag News, won Craft Editor and Craft Video Essay. For Craft Editor she had to create a collage of her previous work, showcasing her editing skills. For the second category, she produced a story in collaboration with PBS News Hour about two female students in South Mountain’s Aerospace program.

“I would just like to thank Ms. Jancoski for everything. I would have not been able to win those Emmys if it wasn’t for her,” said Salameh. “She’s inspired me to love journalism and editing and I have gotten this far because of her.”

Find the complete list of the South Mountain student Emmy Award winners below:

2016 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards

High School Student – Newscast:

Jaguar News Holiday Edition; South Mountain’s Merce Mijares, Florence Kivalu, Christian Guzman, Justin Crenshaw, Amanda Salameh

High School Student Sports:

‘Fall Sports and Step Team’-Florence Kivalu, South Mountain

High School Student Craft Editor: Editing Amanda Salameh, South Mountain

High School Student Production Craft Video Essay

(single camera only):
‘Females in Aerospace’ – Amanda Salameh, South Mountain

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