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TCTA TV Production Students Take State Honors

Nearly a dozen Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy students took top honors in a recent state media competition. The students participated in the Alabama Scholastic Press Association’s annual broadcast competition where students competed with others from around the state producing pieces as individuals and in teams during its virtual convention.

TCTA offers a television productions academy under the direction of veteran journalist Isaiah Harper. The instructor said this group of students had to overcome challenges to their academic schedule in light of the pandemic.

“We had an uphill battle starting the first semester completely virtual and staggered second semester.  It gave our competitors who started back to school in-person a jumpstart, said Harper. “But, we met on days students didn’t have to be on campus.”

As a result, TCTA students won 20 awards in all, even sweeping the sportscast competition.

2021 Overall and Individual Awards

    • Sports Anchor: 2nd, BCN-TV, Kaden Richardson
    • Spot News Coverage: 3rd, BCN-TV, Katelyn Rollins
    • Ideography: 2nd, BCN-TV, Jaylon Cleveland
    • Editing: 2nd, BCN-TV, Kaleb Blossom
    • News Story/Reporting: 3rd, BCN-TV, Katelyn Rollins
    • Directing: 2nd, BCN-TV, Flossie Colvin
    • Creative Video: 1st, BCN-TV, Jaylon Cleveland, Kaleb Blossom, Damondre Simmons, Javante Clay

2021 Timed & Carry-In Winners

  • Sportscast (anchor): 1st, Jaylon Cleveland
  • Sportscast (anchor): 2nd, las Burroughs
  • Sportscast (anchor): 3rd, Kaden Richardson
  • Public Service Announcement: 2nd, Ronnie Hicks
  • Broadcast anchor: 1st, Douglas Burroughs
  • Broadcast anchor: 3rd, Jordan Noland
  • Broadcast anchor: Honorable Mention, Jaylon Cleveland
  • Broadcast human interest/feature story: 3rd, Jordan Noland
  • Broadcast news story: 2nd, Douglas Burroughs
  • Broadcast sports story: 3rd, Kaden Richardson
  • Directing: 1st, Flossie Colvin
  • Directing: 2nd, Kaden Richardson
  • Directing: Honorable Mention, Brooklyn Peck-Love

Click to learn more about the Alabama Scholastic Press Association convention.