GHS-TV Students Nominated for National Student Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for The 2017 National Student Production Awards. Nominees were selected from student entries across the country in 23 programming and craft categories. Over 200 young professionals, culled from 19 regional chapters of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, were successfully narrowed down from a record breaking 1,500 entries, by judges selected from industry professionals to university professors, to advance to the national competition.

Our talented students were selected in two categories:

General Assignment – Serious News

Desegregation at GHS (Nashville/Mid-South Chapter)
Deborah Noel, Andreas Wiliams, Wolfgang Stoltz

Sports Program

Red Devil Post Game (Nashville/Mid-South Chapter)
Kennedy Harris, Ryan Coleman, Adam Sapp, Tate Jakobi, Naya Foster, Deborah Noel, Andreas Williams

Leonid Mazor, Faculty Advisor

Congratulations our nominees! Thanks, GHS students and faculty for hard work and support GHS-TV, the award-winning television station!!!

The awards presentation will be live-streamed from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College on Tuesday, October 3rd at noon, PDT and will be hosted by television personality, Tom Bergeron, star and host of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Viewing of the presentation can be seen at the following:

Student Production Awards Facebook:
Student Production Awards Twitter:
NATAS Facebook:

Time​ ​to​ ​Gear​ ​up​ ​for​ ​Germantown​ ​Festival!

     It’s that time of year again! The annual Germantown Festival is right around the corner, returning for its 46th year. The festival includes live entertainment, food, shopping, and much more! The Germantown High School Creative and Performing Arts Program (CAPA) is gearing up for the festival as well; between hosting game areas and preparing for its live three-hour television coverage of the festival, students are working hard to put the finishing touches on what is sure to be another successful Germantown Festival.

     Since 1987, GHS-TV has produced a three-hour live tv show from the Germantown Festival grounds. The show is directed and hosted by GHS-TV students. This year is the 35th anniversary of Germantown High School Television. "The students and staff of Germantown High School Television, GHS-TV, are thrilled to bring the Live Coverage of the Germantown Festival every year to our viewers. Through this endeavor, our students get training in all aspects of live television and media; our viewers get a chance to see all of the goings on at the festival and the people in the community who make it happen”, says Allison Rogers Long, CAPA Coordinator. Student hosts, Alan Toney and Scarlett Simpson, will interview special guests from the Mid-South community over the course of the show. The show will also highlight the talents of a variety of people who will perform live on the GHS-TV entertainment stage. In addition, student reporters will be the eyes and ears for the events that are going on throughout the festival grounds.

     While GHS-TV students play a big part in getting the show together, the GHS CAPA students work hard to get the festival activities together. GHS students operate several different festival tents which include: games and crafts, balloon animals, and face painting. “Germantown Festival is one of the events that the CAPA program looks forward to each year. We set up our a game area for children to enjoy and we provide toys, attractions, and other festivities; this is one of the ways we raise money to help support our program”, says Alan Toney, GHS Chair of Festival Involvement. The students also operate a concession station one block west of the Festival grounds, which provides iced tea, lemonade, and ice cold water.

     Visitors can look for the Game Land area to support the CAPA program at GHS, but another way to support the program is by buying a Best Book in Town coupon book. CAPA students will be selling the latest edition of the “Best Book in Town” around the festival grounds. For just $22, the books can save individuals much more throughout the year. The coupons include a variety of savings at your favorite restaurants, theatres, and other local attractions all around Memphis. The proceeds not only go to the programs within the fine arts department, but also to the Seth Matthew Rowan Memorial Fund which is used for scholarships and other financial opportunities for students.

     The 2017 Germantown Festival Overall Chairmen are Alan Toney, Kyle Bowers, and Rachel Christopherson. For GHS-TV, the Overall Live Coverage Producers are AJ Cocroft and Rodney McKinner. Santeria Pratt and Reyna Katko are the Guest Producers and Meredith Drown and Mackenzie Kuykendoll are this year’s Talent Producers. Live coverage of the 46th Annual Germantown Festival is Sunday, September 10th from 2-5 PM on and Channel 19 in Memphis. For further information, contact the Poplar Pike Playhouse Box Office at (901) 755-7775 or call GHS-TV at (901) 754-4788.

GHS-TV Recognized as Best Educational Station

Germantown High School Television outshined the competition yet again at the  Annual Hometown Media Awards. The Alliance for the Community Media  honored the student run television station with 12 awards this year.  GHS-TV will be adding these awards to its vast collection, making a grand total of 174 Hometown Media Awards that the studio has been recognized with since 1982.

For its award winning talk show Crosstalk, Germantown High School Television was honored in the following categories: Community Events (General) for the Germantown Charity Horse Show edition; Entertainment and Arts for the Crosstalk on Rowan Oak - Home of William Faulkner; Informational Talk Show for the episode on Memphis Landmarks; and Informational Talk Show Series and Entertainment and Arts Series. Shelby County Schools Report was honored in 3 categories: Magazine Shows, Educational Profile, and Educational Activities. GHS-TV’s school newscast Wake Up Germantown! was awarded in the Student News category. The students working in GHS-TV provided live coverage of election night and the 45th Annual Germantown Festival this past school year, and their hard work paid off. Election Night 2016 was honored in the Democracy in Action category and Live Coverage of the 45th Germantown Festival was recognized with the Community Events (Parades/ Festivals) award. The television station itself received the Overall Excellence in Educational Success award. A representative from Germantown High School Television will accept the awards at this year’s Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference this July in Minneapolis.

The Alliance for Community Media is a national organization representing over 1,000 community access stations from around the country. The Annual Hometown Media Awards recognize the achievements of these stations in all fields of broadcasting. Television stations from all over the nation submit programs for consideration in the competition.

Established in 1982, GHS-TV serves as the community television station in the Memphis area that cablecasts diverse programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, each month to cablecast viewers on Channel 19 and online at GHS-TV serves as a model facility that continues to produce original programming, inform citizens, and educate young people interested in telecommunications careers. Allison Long is the Executive Producer for GHS-TV. Leonid Mazor serves as the Studio Supervisor. Mark Deal is the Supervising Videographer and Editor. Mallory Kenney is the Supervising Producer. Katie Lowe is the business Manager and Bob Ramsay serves the station as Broadcast Engineer.

Germantown Creative and Performing Arts Annual Night of Recognitions and Awards

Parents, faculty members, administrators and other Germantown High School supporters gathered on May 12th, 2017 to recognize the talented and dedicated students of the GHS Creative and Performing Arts Department (CAPA) for another year of accomplishments.

The annual Germantown High School Creative and Performing Arts Banquet, held this year at Woodland Hills Event Center, celebrated the end of another successful year and acknowledged the commitment and achievement of the department's hard-working students. CAPA Department chair Allison Rogers Long gave congratulatory remarks throughout the evening. Guests, while enjoying their food and friends, were entertained not only by the colorful student artwork displayed along the walls of the venue, but by a video montage featuring the high caliber musical productions, choral performances and concerts from the past year. The majority of the evening, however, was spent celebrating the CAPA students of GHS and their prestigious achievements in all areas of the arts: including visual arts, instrumental and vocal music, forensics, theatre and television.

The most anticipated moment of the evening was the announcement of the CAPA scholarship winners for the 2016-2017 school year. Over the course of the evening, more than $26,000 in scholarships and service awards were presented to some of GHS' brightest and most talented students. Seventeen students were awarded scholarships to help further their creative and performing arts educations at the university level. In addition to the many scholarships, several CAPA faculty members and supporters presented service awards and other distinguished honors to deserving students.

Since its inception in 1977, the Germantown High Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship Program has become a symbol of the hard work and dedication of GHS CAPA students. Numerous civic clubs, private donors and charitable organizations generously donate the awards each year.

Thespian Troupe #912 faculty sponsor, Kirie Walz, made a special presentation at the banquet this year to announce the winner of the International Thespian Junior Scholarship. Each year the Troupe selects one thespian in the junior class to receive a $4,000 scholarship. This year Alan Toney won the award. The money is designated to send the winning student to a four-week summer acting camp at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

The Seth Matthew Rowan Sophomore Achievement Award is presented by the Thespian troupe to a sophomore in the production class who exhibited the greatest potential and leadership qualities; Rodney McKinner won this prestigious award.

The final presentation of the evening was the announcement of the E. Frank Bluestein Fine Arts Student of the Year. The award is presented to a student who excels in at least two different arts areas. 

The following are the major scholarships that were announced at the ceremony:

The Germantown Rotary Club awarded Deborah Noel a scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Presented every year since 1976, the Germantown Rotary Club Fine Arts Scholarship is the oldest of all of the GHS fine arts awards. The winner of the award is honored each year at a Rotary Club weekly luncheon.

The Seth Matthew Rowan Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship is donated by the Germantown Fine Arts Foundation in memory of Seth Matthew Rowan. The Germantown High School fine arts student was tragically killed in a car/train accident in the fall of 1994. The scholarship, in the amount of $2,000 went to Elijah Bienz. This scholarship, funded through the GFAF Seth Matthew Rowan Endowment Fund, is awarded to a theatre or television student who has made outstanding contributions to the Creative and Performing Arts department.

The GHS-TV Broadcast Journalism Scholarship is donated by former GHS-TV alumni who want to assist a student in his or her pursuit in broadcast journalism. This newly established scholarship was awarded to Caleb Suggs in the amount of $1,750.

A major music scholarship was presented at this year's banquet. The Germantown Band Boosters give an instrumental music scholarship every year. This year's scholarship was awarded to Daniel Meza in the amount of $2,000.

The Germantown Fine Arts Foundation Theatre Arts Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was presented to Kennedy Harris.

Each year the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Germantown High School awards a scholarship to an outstanding member of the society. This year Tri-M has awarded two scholarships of $250 each to Justin Franklin and Jeri Katz.    

The Sharis Blackburn Visual Arts Memorial Scholarship Award is a scholarship that was established by Teresa Phipps in honor of her mother Sharis Blackburn who passed away in the spring of 2017. This memorial scholarship was presented to Kirsten Barnette in the amount of $1,500.

The David Lilly Memorial Fine Arts Service Award is an endowed fund that was established by Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Bamett in memory of Mrs. Bamett’s son David Lilly, a 1994 graduate of Germantown High School. Lilly was highly involved in all aspects of the theatre and television programs at GHS and was himself a scholarship recipient. He passed away in February of 2000. Mazzy Clements received this service award in the amount of $500.

The Germantown Band Booster Service Awards were presented to Jeri Katz, Chasity Neely, and Sierra Smithson in the amount of $1,000 each.

The Germantown Charity Horse Show Scholarship was awarded to Sara Mayers in the amount of $1,500.

The Douglas Ramsay GHS-TV Service Award is an endowed fund that was established by Shirley Ramsay and Bob Ramsay in memory of their husband and father respectively, a longtime supporter of the GHS Fine Arts Dept. Andreas Williams received this service award in the amount of $1,000.

The Deputy Sheriff Ryan Sequin Scholarship was awarded to Dinah Mitchell in the amount of $1,000.

The Poplar Pike Arts Guild PPP Service Awards were presented to Tia Glover and Ellen White in the amount of $500 each.

The Choral Music service award was awarded to D’era Shack in the amount of $500.

Other awards presented throughout the evening were as follows:

Art Merit Awards:

EMERALD LEVEL ONE: Luis Arteaga, Sheila Chau, Georgia Hill, Kenny Huynh, Sergio Orozco; EMERALD LEVEL TWO: Sydney Smith; BEST IN CLASS:  Tanaya Nandedkar (Level One Honors), Zach Webb (Level Two), Celena Trejo (Level Three); SOCIAL JUSTICE VISUAL ART AWARD: Janayah Crawford; AP DIAMOND PORTFOLIO AWARD: Ellen White;  AP TRIPLE CROWN DIAMOND/ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Kirsten Barnette; MOST IMPROVED CONCEPTUAL IDEAS: Akhil Gedati; MOST IMPROVED TECHNICAL SKILL: Isbah Qureshi; MOST UNIQUE PROJECTS: Pei Tan; CONSISTENTLY IMPRESSIVE: Faiza Narsinghani; ART CRITIQUE AWARD FOR BEST RESPONSES: Jithin Manikonda; OVERALL MOST IMPRESSIVE ARTIST: Alice Zakharenko; BEST ALL AROUND: Jia Mei; BEST BODY OF WORK: Peter Boyd; BEST IN SHOW: “Roots” by Seeta Shah; BEST CONCEPT: “Reality” by Taylor Bolding; BEST TECHNICAL SKILL: “Senioritis” by Ellena Aguilar; BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: “Political” by Pauline Mireles; BEST SERIES: “No Evil” Photography Series by Niki Scheinberg; OUTSTANDING SERVICE & CONTRIBUTIONS (Visual Art 1 & Visual Design): Nyla McClain, Kriston Jones, Anthony Ambartsoumian, Francis Discua Martinez, Dannie Towles, Summer Beals, Hiram Zaldana, Antonio Gray, Keishaun Askew, Joshua Leake, Lance Sanford, TaQueria Sims, Ashley Towns, Tide Adewunmi, Christian Buescher, Kacey Cole, Noemi Gomez, Jasmine Meredith, Kathryn Morgan, Natalie Moroto-Andrade, Valandria Porter, Kayla Richard, Robbi Wells

Band Merit Awards:

OUTSTANDING ROOKIE: Jaysen Gwynn; OUTSTANDING FIELD COMMANDER: Chasity Neely, Daniel Meza; OUTSTANDING BAND LIBRARIAN: Sierra Smithson; ALL-WEST BAND 2016-2017: Horn: Elizabeth Dang, Tuba:  John Dinh, Percussion: Sidney Robinson, Clarinet: Amaya Brooks, Jeri Katz, Megan Hayden, Kendall Howard, Long Truong, Bass Clarinet: Tyler Watson, Leah Jack, Flute: Olivia Remak, Allison Lee, Trumpet: Braxton Anderson, Terrence Washington, Trombone: Louis Micolta; ALL-WEST JAZZ BAND 2016-2017: Alto Saxophone: Kori Wallace, Trombone: Avery Clary, Michael Cox, Trumpet: Andy Chau, Tahj Walsh; ALL-WEST ORCHESTRA: Daniel Meza (Oboe), Elisha Johnson (Horn); ALL-STATE BAND: Kori Wallace (Alto Saxophone), Daniel Meza (Oboe), Elizabeth Dang (Horn), John Dinh (Tuba), Elisha Johnson (Horn), Kendall Howard (Clarinet), Long Truong (Clarinet); ALL-STATE BAND: Kendall Howard, Long Truong, Jeffrey Lin, Elizabeth Dang, John Dinh

Vocal Merit Awards:


FOUR YEAR SERVICE AWARDS: Balqiss Al-Attiyat, Destini Bolden, Nathania Boyd, Hannah Everhart, Braxton Heard, Sara Henderson, Brittany Lewellen, Tristan Long, Cierra Stevens, Caleb Suggs, Kaitlyn Thompson; MOST IMPROVED: Justin Franklin (Chamber Choir), Dominick Rucker-Netherland (Chorale), Dajanei Sarr (Women’s Chorus), Trinity Harper (GHS Chorus); OUTSTANDING EFFORT: Chamber Choir: Abigail Davis, Elanis Kelley, Rodney McKinner; Chorale: Asia Maclin, Rogers Prewitt, Tristan Long, D’era Shack; Women’s Chorus: Kendall Woodard, Daisha Ivy, Jessica Brimage; GHS Chorus: Cameron Shields, Cherysh Corning; MOST PROMISING FRESHMAN: Kadiatu Gassama, Michael Evans; ALL SOUTHWEST HONOR CHOIR 2016: Abigail Davis, Trevor Davis, Gabrielle Evans, Elanis Kelley, Tristan Long, Caleb Suggs; PARTICIPATION IN ALL-STATE HONOR CHOIR 2017: Caleb Suggs, Gabrielle Evans

Theatre Honors:

BEST ACTOR: Alan Toney; BEST ACTRESS: Dinah Mitchell; BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Sara Mayers; BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Caleb Suggs; MOST IMPROVED ACTOR: Elijah Bienz; BEST BREAKOUT ACTRESS: Mackenzie Kuykendoll; BEST BREAKOUT ACTOR: Rodney McKinner; BEST FEATURED ACTRESS: Amber Allen; BEST FEATURED ACTOR: Kyle Bowers; OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE MEMBER: C.J. Jamerson; BEST NEWCOMER: Rachel Christopherson; OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL THEATRE ACHIEVEMENT: AJ Cocroft, Taylor Corpier, Naya Foster, Bria Gipson, Jason Harris, Avery Moore, Deborah Noel, Wolfgang Stoltz; OUTSTANDING THEATRE MANAGEMENT: Elijah Bienz, Bria Gipson, Sara Mayers, Wolfgang Stoltz