By Chris Hagan
Review Staff Writer
It’s becoming almost a requirement that every year members of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) must reserve seats for Lake Orion students excelling in journalistic categories.
This year was no exception as students from Lake Orion’s Television Production Workshop (TPW) took home top three finishes in nearly 30 categories with another 12 honorable mentions.
TPW was given the top award at MIPA called the Spartan which recognizes TPW as a top broadcast program in the state making this the fifth year in a row, and eighth time in nine years, receiving the award.
Among everyone who came away with awards, senior Griffin Stroin was a standout among his classmates.
Stroin, a two-year student of TPW, received two first place awards, three second place and five third place awards all in a host of categories from sports, to studio talent, and humor.
Stroin also walked away with the one of MIPA’s top honors being named the “All-MIPA Video Student,”which identifies him as the best video journalist in the state of Michigan, as named by MIPA.
“To be named Michigan’s best video journalist is a huge accomplishment and it just felt so great to see all my hard work pay off,” Stroin said. From all the times sitting in TPW during lunch or staying after school just to edit or to film and get stories done, I could not stop smiling after being named All-MIPA. For the next day I was just so happy.”
Stroin has no plans of leaving the broadcasting world as he was accepted to Michigan State University and will pursue a major in journalism.
Junior Kristin Penrose, and seniors Michael Pappas and Josiah Rogers earned scholarships for their public service announcement videos in the National Courageous Persuaders contest.
Penrose also won a $10,000 college scholarship at the Michigan Student Film Festival at the Detroit Institute of Arts for a public service video she created
Lake Orion’s daily live newscast, LO-AM, was named the “Best High School Newscast” by both MIPA and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
This is the 30th year of the TPW class at the high school and it’s the 25th year for LO-AM. The live broadcast is recorded and can be viewed on the education channel on Comcast channel 22 and ATT channel 99.
By Chris Hagan