MIHS broadcasters host and win State Radio Awards

KMIH 889 The Bridge sent 26 students to the podium to receive numerous awards.

KMIH 889 The Bridge has won the General Excellence award for the second consecutive year in the Washington State High School Awards held recently at Mercer Island High School.

The Washington State High School Radio Conference and Awards is an event where broadcasting students statewide gather to learn from experts and compete against each other by submitting their best work to be judged by a panel of Industry professionals.

KMIH sent 26 students to the podium to receive awards. Max Tanzer earned three best-in-state awards, and Meghana Kakabul brought home top honors in two categories.

Also receiving first-place awards were Truman Keith, Carson Sandwith, Cole Hibbert, Parker Simpson, Garrett Poore, Anthony Reyes, Luca Marceta, Emily Reyes, Alli Shoop, Natalie Wilson, Mollie Parkinson, Martha Sprague, Casey Amico, Ella Silver and Celia Kornblum.

Receiving awards for second or third place were Jaeden Pritchard, Andrew Hanson, Ryan Friedman, Emily Raissis, Simon Hermalee, David Wolf, Ethan Libman, Cameron Longwith and Jamisen Dowdy.

“I continue to be amazed at the incredible radio being created by high school students all over Washington state and we feel honored to have won so many awards,” MIHS Broadcast Media instructor, Joe Bryant said. “What I am particularly proud of is the great job my students did hosting the event and being great ambassadors for our community.”

In addition to the awards ceremony, the day featured Instructional sessions from KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media, The Society of Broadcast Engineers and KISW’s BJ Shea and Mig’s Morning Show. Also featured was an outstanding music showcase from the band Exapsos featuring MIHS alum Leah Raissis.

The event was attended by many industry representatives from the judging panel, parents, community members and MIHS Superintendent Donna Colosky.

“Thanks so much to all the people who helped judge and attended to salute the best achievements in high school broadcasting,” Bryant said. “Make sure to set your radio to 88.9 FM or download the KMIH app so you can continue to enjoy the wonderful programming our students prepare for the Mercer Island community daily.”