A national panel of judges screened the entries and forwarded their nominations to the ASB Core Staff (none of whom had any connections to any of the entries) who, after careful review and discussion, made the final selections for the Spring 2014 ASB Storytelling Award. Congratulations to the winner!
Now Loading News, Moanalua High School
Students: Maurice Berbano, Leah Miyasato, Branden Pascual
Advisor: Austin Zavala
Link to Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoSqBuIY4h0
Why it Won: The sole winner of the Spring ASB Storytelling Award is from Moanalua High School, and it is a feature that touches all the bases. Layers of information about this "craze" come through loud and clear with natural sound and great visual sequences. Reporter Leah Miyasato provides a pleasant, informative stand-up and then reports on some surprising aspects of the Kendama craze, including a concern about gambling, and the up-side of getting young people to put down their cell phones and electronic devices for at least a few minutes. The segment has a clear beginning-middle-end approach, and its tone, including an excellent script, fits the topic perfectly. It provides an excellent example of how young journalists can cover close-to-home topics that are relevant to their target audience--their classmates and peers. The ASB judge said, "The shots and technical aspects were nearly flawless."