School radio station WDSO-FM held its 32nd annual awards night on Tuesday
evening, May 20, in the CHS Cafeteria at 7 p.m.
awards were made by the membership of WDSO except for special awards.
Outstanding awards went to Brooke Sauter (10), Most Outstanding Newscaster;
Most Outstanding DJ to Nick Moreno (12). These students received plaques.
Plaques in the
shape of the state of Indiana in recognition of their 1st Place Awards at
the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters competition were presented to
sophomore Brooke Sauter for her Radio Interview entry and senior Lily
Jablonski for her TV Copywriting entry. These were similar to the plaques
presented to CHS at the IASB competition in Indianapolis in March, 2014.
plaques were presented to all on-air qualified seniors: Nathan Babcock,
Sarah Duron, Lily Jablonski, Maddie Matuszak and Nick Moreno.
of WDSO Award certificates were presented to seniors, Kaity Arlow, Nathan
Dickinson, Jack Everett and Emmanuel Rodriguez.
(certificates) to students in all grade levels: Best Morning Assistant,
Josiah Fentress (9); Most Outstanding New Student, Josiah Fentress (9); Most
Promising New Students, Zach De La Cruz (10), Sean Messina (10) and C.J.
Draves (11); Most Outstanding Veteran Student, Nick Moreno (12) ; Most
Knowledgeable Veteran Student, Nathan Babcock (12) and Most Improved Veteran
Student, Lily Jablonski (12).).
News Awards: Most
Promising New Newscaster, Brandon Root (10); Most Improved Newscaster,
Josiah Fentress (9); Best News Reporter - Radio 2 Class, Robert Pritchard
(11); and Best Sports Reporter - Radio 2 Class, Grant Polkinghorn (11).
Sports Awards were
Best On-air Sportscaster: Max Brown (12); Most Improved Sportscaster: Laura
Hoover (11); Most Sports Games Engineered: Sean Virden (11); Sports
Statistician: Brooke Sauter (10).
All of the students
who broadcast sports events for WDSO received a certificate for their
participation. They included seniors: Max Brown, Andrew Caratini, Connor
Kuhnle, Matt Petrovich and sophomore: Brandon Root.
Second Year in a Row - Best Afterschool Show, Nick Moreno (12); Most
Promising New DJ - Aubrey Christofersen (11); Most Improved DJ --Lily
Show Awards went to: seniors - Nick Moreno, Lily Jablonski, and Sarah Duron;
juniors: Sean Virden, Aubrey Christofersen and Laura Hoover; sophomore,
went to Nathan Babcock, Sarah Duron and Laura Hoover. To earn this award the
student must be on-air qualified for at least 12 calendar months, complete
all requirements for veteran status and attend at least 80 percent of all
WDSO monthly meetings. A grade of “A” or “B” in at least three semesters of
advanced broadcasting combined with independent study, plus participation in
10 special events like engineering or announcing sports, election results or
special news broadcasts are required.
Awards: Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) Competition
Awards: 1st Place in Radio Interview and 2nd Place in the Live Radio
Newscast Competition - Brooke Sauter (10); Finalist in Live Radio Newscast
Competition - Aubrey Christofersen (11); First Place TV Copywriting - Lily
Jablonski (12). Interviewer Award - Brooke Sauter (10). Best Promo Maker,
Grant Polkinghorn (11) and Tony Ketcham (11).
participated in the University of Southern Indiana Dual Credit Program. They
were recognized as Dual Credit Recipients and included seniors: Kaity Arlow,
Sarah Duron, Lily Jablonski, Maddie Matuszak, Nick Moreno and juniors: Laura
Hoover, Tony Ketcham, Grant Polkinghorn, Robert Pritchard and Sean Virden.
Four WDSO members
received the Checklist Completion Award - seniors: Nathan Babcock, Nick
Moreno, Sean Virden and junior: Laura Hoover.
WDSO Service Awards
are given to students who are on-air qualified or very close to it. The
number of years in radio includes the semester enrolled in Radio 1 class.
Four years: seniors - Nathan Babcock, Sarah Duron, Lily Jablonski, Nick
Moreno. Three years: juniors - Laura Hoover, and Sean Virden. Two years:
senior - Maddie Matuszak, junior - Aubrey Christofersen, and sophomore -
Brooke Sauter. One year - freshman, Josiah Fentress.
members each received a certificate for serving as director in the
departments. Co-Program Directors, Nathan Babcock (12) and Nick Moreno (12),
also received a plaque; Co-Music Directors, Sarah Duron (12) and Lily
Jablonski (12); News Director Brooke Sauter, (10); Training Director, Sean
Virden (11); Co-Sports Directors, Laura Hoover (11) and Nathan Dickinson
(12); PSA Director, Aubrey Christofersen (11).
Awards were Most Improved Department: PSA - Aubrey Christofersen, PSA
Director. Best Department: News - Brooke Sauter, News Director (10). Most
Dedicated Staff Member - 4th Year in a row: Nathan Babcock, Program Director
were presented to members of the school or community who have hosted special
programs for WDSO, including Jeff Van Drie, CHS Principal; Rob Blumenthal,
Josh Huwig and Judy Malasto, CHS Assistant Principals who have hosted the
CHS Weekly Report; Brad Bumgardner, Naturalist at the Indiana Dunes State
Park and Jean-Pierre Anderson, Naturalist at the Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore, hosts of Naturally Speaking. Dr. Carol Dartz (Owner/Veterinarian)
of the Arbor View Animal Hospital and her staff - Dr. Johanna Nimeth and Dr.
Jennifer Herbert veterinarians; Renee Bernardi, Office Manager and Danielle
Van Dyke, Groomer, hosts of the monthly show Pet Talk; Chesterton Tribune
for providing Echoes of the Past for WDSO’s Daily Almanac Show; Serena
Sutliff, Curator of the Westchester Township History Museum for hosting,
Historically Speaking and Chris Acton, Publicist for the Chesterton Art
Center for hosting Artful Conversations.
During the Awards
Night, the new staff for the 2014-15 school year was announced. They
include: program director - Sean Virden (11); music director - Aubrey
Christofersen (11); assistant music director - Josiah Fentress (9); news
director - Brooke Sauter (10); sports director - Laura Hoover (11);
assistant sports director - Brandon Root (10); PSA director - Riley
Deardurff (11) and promotions director - Brian Bolin (10).
Guests for the
evening were CHS Principal, Jeff Van Drie; Scott Trulove, CHS Business &
Information Technology Department Chairman, Jim Goetz, Assistant
Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Janice Custer, former Duneland
School Board Member and Chris Acton, Chesterton Art Center Publicist.
Matthew Waters is
the Station Manager/Faculty Advisor and Michele Stipanovich is the station’s