Sports Rant: Replays

Trevor Roy, with back-up from Brenden Weaver, takes on the topic of expanding instant replays in professional sports.  Check out this “Sports Rant.”

Half Awake Deb

This winner of the on-site Music Video contest at the STN convention in 2008 was basically shot in one room.

Back Story: Directed by Brook Linder and starring Charles McDonald, the story includes a surprise ending in the elevator that required a Photoshop trick which Linder barely completed in time for the deadline.

The Focus Statement: “I’ve gotta get out of here”

Trivia: In 2007 students representing each school entered in the Music Video contest selected the winner. The song used here is titled “Half Awake Deb” by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.


Goat Yoga

There is yoga, and then there is “goat yoga.”  Madison Letterman and Anna Cochran visited a place in Rogersville, MO where the four-legged partners help the two-legged customers enjoy their exercise a little more.

“I Have a Peace”

HTV Classic/2017  Senior HTVer Rachel Pfeifer interviews her father, H.C., who talks about his battle with cancer.

Back Story:  H.C. Pfeifer is a very well-known teacher and coach at the Reed Academy, a middle school which feeds into Hillcrest.

Focus Statement:  “My dad’s battle, my dad’s faith.”

Trivia:  Rachel shot and produced the story by herself.  It is the second most-viewed story all-time on this website.



Delivering for Decades

HTV Classic/2018  She has been driving a bus for Truman Elementary students since the school opened.  Meet Jane Franck in this profile story by Austin Hemingway and Kaylinn Clotfelter.

Back Story:  The segment was pitched by a student who, like many past HTVers, was once a passenger on Jane’s bus.

Focus Statement:  “Bus driver makes lasting impact on kids”

Trivia:  Truman Elementary was named after former President Harry S. Truman, the only Missourian to ever be elected president.


The Walkout

HTV Classic/2018  Students across the nation walked out to make a statement about guns and school safety.  We covered one of the area’s largest protests at Central High School.  Story by Ellen Fountain and Allison Green.

Back Story:  After doing some homework, the HTV team decided Central High School’s walkout was the best choice for coverage instead of a much smaller one taking place at Hillcrest.

Focus Statement:  “A national walkout inspires students to voice concerns about gun violence”

Trivia:  The Central walkout was also streamed live on Facebook, leading to a number of comments, some used in the story by HTV.




Commentary: Taxidermy

McKenzie Turner sounds off about preserving animals.   Remember folks, it is just her opinion about taxidermy.

Surviving Normandy

He was part of the most historic invasion in history, and shares his experience with HTV. Rachel Anger profiles WWII hero Jack Hamlin.  From October, 2013.

2019 RFK Award

The “Bay 11” podcast won the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy High School Journalism Award for broadcast, and this is a cell phone clip from the ceremony held May 23 at the Newseum in Washington D.C.  The winning segment was called, “Wildfire.”  The student producers were Emily Peebles, Ellen Fountain, Hayden Pyle, Kaylinn Clotfelter, and Sophia Vaughn.

Game On: Pickleball

All ages can enjoy the game of pickleball, but it has really caught on lately with older players.  Samson Cochran, Kenson Handley and Brenden Weaver checked it out for HTV.