CKMS media students roll up sleeves for projects, fundraising

Coming on the heels of winning a national award, Ben Brady and Micah Matsunaga were busy trying to find items from their table to appeal to customers Saturday.

Kevin Matsunaga, instructor for the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School media class, said two teams entered the Student Television Network Challenge in October, including a team comprised of Brady, Micah and Brandon Marcos.

“Of the two teams, one placed first, and the other placed third,” Kevin said. “The first place team did a story on the Friendship House in Kapaa which helps people with mental illness.”

The team that finished third in the national competition, comprised of Lindsey Nakea-Tresler, Brooke Kanna and Kelli Okayama, did a story on the Tangalin family in Kekaha, who have adopted 10 foster children.

“This is about people who have made a difference in kids’ lives they didn’t even know,” said Okayama, a first-year media student.

The CKMS Media rummage sale on Saturday was a fundraiser to help get the students to the national STN conference on the Mainland in the spring of 2014. The Student Television Network Challenge is a six-day competition where students have six days to create a story.

Brady, a second-year CKMS media student, said he has been to Friendship House, and based on the difference it makes in the lives of people suffering from mental illness, decided they would do a video piece on them.

His role in the production was editing, filming and doing the stand-ups, while Micah served as the film transcriber who had to listen to the clips and type out word for word to enable a smooth story transition. Okayama’s role was filming and editing.

“It was hard doing the interviews and having equipment not work properly,” the first-year student said. “We had to improvise on the re-do because we had problems with the batteries not working right.”

In addition to their duties on projects, students help at fundraisers.

“It takes a lot of money to get to the Mainland,” Kevin said. “But it’s a good experience for the students who always end up coming home with awards.”

Next on the agenda is the CKMS Media Breakfast from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at the school’s cafeteria. Donation is $10 and tickets are available from CKMS Media students, or at the school.

A craft fair is scheduled on Dec. 14.


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