Until next year

I could say i was busy and thats why i didn’t write this blog but thats not true, i didn’t finish this because with this entry i know i have to wait until next year for everything STN. The rush, the fun, the late nights, and most importantly the memories. Ill never forget turning in sweet 16 with my family and screaming at the top of my lungs the entire way to the bucket. Ill never forget turning in my individual competition and ill never forget the quality of the work we put in to this convention. Everything we did was the best it could possibly be and of course we could get hung up on awards but what i learned from my first days in pee-wee sports is that you don’t look at the scoreboard. You look at the field as you’re walking off and you know that you left it all out and you’ll come back stronger next game. Unfortunately i have to wait a whole year until i can step back on the field that is STN but i know that my family (both present and future members) will come there prepared and ready to leave it all out there again. I know the rest of the year will be amazing and i’m worried heavy for next year but i’m sure us underclassmen will figure it out, learning every step of the way.

For all the seniors, i cant thank you guys enough for bringing me in and teaching me everything i know from my first sports highlights to my most recent news story i’m forever indebted to you all. My biggest thank you to all the memories you guys have made with me. I love all of you so much and i cant imagine walking into CTV and not seeing you guys. I guess i’ll make the most of what we have and i’ll deal with it when the time comes. 

For everyone, I love all of you from the bottom of my heart you guys truly have become a second family and id take a bullet for anyone of you.

Until next year,

Austen Prager

No Going Back

I guess it’s time to face what I’ve been avoiding for the past few days, STN is over, there is no going back. I woke up these past two mornings expecting to go film a bus or a trailer about psychotic ex-girlfriends. STN was the coolest, craziest, most hectic experience I’ve ever had. I learned so much from my peers and I feel like a gained a years worth of experience over a 5 day period. I keep telling myself that us not winning the awards  wasn’t a completely bad thing. With all that I’ve learned I feel like I can show up next year and kick some major ass. I hope the seniors are all alright, I wish they could’ve had a better STN. But in a way next year’s STN will also include the seniors of 2014. Everything my class learned has come from them, so in a way, you could say that the seniors are just as big a part as STN as we are.

Focusing on the fact we didn’t win will only hurt CTV. Instead, we need to analyze our mistakes and come stronger next year. I feel that CTV needs to reevaluate ourselves and realize that STN is not everything. We should not feel discouraged only motivated. Never let anyone put you down, If you are proud of your work than hold your head up high. I’m not saying that you should drown others out though, take the criticism and focus on improving yourself.

Now that STN is over the fun begins. The MUSICAL!!! I simply cannot wait. And we also have officer elections, OMG. Let’s just not talk about elections, I just can’t handle that at the moment.

To my class:

We are an amazing program, never forget that. It will be us leading the charge next year. I’m sure i’m not alone in thinking how weird it will be to consider ourselves the seniors, the teachers, the one’s people will look up too. It freaks me out. I’m not a new person, I personally cannot appreciate just how cool broadcast is, I’m a film geek. There are going to be kids asking me and all of you how to produce their story! It will be up to us to teach them, guide them, help them deal with the crazy Chardo (as if I can deal with him now). We have a lot of growing and learning to do before next year and I can’t wait!

I had a lot of fun, learned a lot, and had the crap kicked out of me during the closing ceremonies. I would never take back going to STN and I cannot wait until next year.

Love You ALL!!!

For my final CTV Blog, This is Kyle Sabrin

So, I didn’t blog the last day because all I did was sleep after closing ceremonies. I’ve grown so much on this trip and have become more confident in anything I do. Short story was the most fantastic thing I have ever seen and the movie trailer was the best thing I’ve ever seen Brooke and Kyle make. Everything that was made on this trip was quality work and its upsetting that we didn’t place.  It sucks that we didn’t win anything as a group.. but no matter what we are all CTV’ers and family. I’m gonna miss spending every day with all of you. I’m so happy no matter the outcome of our awards. It doesnt matter what we won or lost, we know that we did the best we could do and thats all that matters. Thank you Pichardo and Marianne for this trip. And especially Pichardo for believing in all of us. It is sad to know this was my last STN, but for all the underclassmen kick even more ass next year and keep your heads high. 

- Alexis

          I know I haven’t been blogging a lot on this trip, so I’m going to make up for it here. The main reason is I kind of don’t want it to be over. I’m having the same feeling sitting on my couch right now that I did when i walked through my front door last year after STN. I would do anything to be back in my hotel room, with each and every one of you. I know we told all of you before the trip how much closer we all get after STN. But now you guys know exactly what we were talking about. I love two things about STN. First, how after every trip, I have a newfound family. I make more room in my heart every single time. Second, how the people I love can create something so beautiful out of nothing, together. When i started in CTV, i really had no clue what it felt like after i made something i was proud of. I never really had a set hobby to call mine. After gaining experience with the help of the ever-present Pichardo, I have created things from scratch that, 2 years ago, I never could imagine creating. Looking at something you did by yourself, or with a group of people you love, and saying “i did that”, or “we did that”, is the most priceless feeling in the entire world. And thanks to CTV, Pichardo, and STN, we all know and cherish that feeling.

               The fact that we all came together to create Sweet 16, and did a kickass job, honestly, just makes me love you all more. That is a 9 minute and 51 second memory that we can all look back on one day and all say “we created that together”. That beats anything, in my opinion. I was not expecting sweet 16 to turn out like that at all. except for some audio issues, i have to say that was the most perfect, flawless show we have ever made, and the fact that we didn’t place, well, don’t get me started on that. In all honesty, STN has changed tremendously since last year and i have no idea why. To the underclassmen, I’m sorry that this happened, and in a way i kind of feel like the seniors didn’t give you the complete STN experience without winning some awards as motivation for next year, but i also know that we all know that we don’t need awards to convince ourselves that we kicked ass this past week. Some of the things that were done, i, truthfully, didn’t even know some people could do things like that. We, along with anyone else that has a brain, (my dog, a baby, the dumbest man in the world) could see that the winners yesterday did not deserve the title whatsoever. For the record, that is not me being a sore loser, that is me simply telling the truth. 

              To the underclassmen:

Keep creating, keep learning. Like cameron quon once said, (haha), always be willing to be taught. We have learned from this trip, and last year, that deadline is the most important. ALWAYS LEAVE TIME TO EXPORT. LIKE 30 MINUTES. AT LEAST. PREFERABLY 45.   We’ve outdone ourselves, once again. And the only thing I wish was that I was going back again for round 3 next year. But, unfortunately, i cant. but fortunately, i now know we have a solid group of underclassmen to carry on the legacy of CTV at STN 2015. You all are more than capable, and i cannot wait to see the creations next year.

               Pichardo………..i cannot thank you enough. None of us can. It would take all of us millions of years to even pay back to you what you have done for us. You’ve given us talent, the STN experience, and you’ve provided us with a family that we all love. None of this would be possible without you, and I really want to say from the bottom of my heart that you are one person I will never forget and that in the 18 years I’ve been alive, you’ve probably had the most impact on me than anyone else, besides my parents. You have taught me to do things i never could’ve imagined were possible. Thank you so much for letting me, and CTV as a whole, shine to our full potential. 

           Now im sitting here, on my couch, in my house, alone, without all of you guys. I’m letting the “after-stn-withdrawal-feelings” consume me. There is nothing i want more right now than to be in the turn up room with every single one of you twerking to partition. But, all good things must come to an end. I will remember this trip for the rest of my life. I love you all more than words can express and I could not be more proud to call myself a CTVer.

Brooke Sustrin

Assistant Vice President, c/o 2014

First and last P2 

So thank you shai and Brandon for giving me the honor of not having my dreams crushed two years in a row. This was the best Stn experience I could’ve asked for and I thank you all. I’m super jealous you underclassmen get San Diego next year ( if you choose to go) and I hope you practice hard and go and kick ass. Even though I’m jealous, you will never catch me wearing that damn Stn lanyard as long as I live. I did Stn and did it the best I could and I will never go back. It’s time to focus on the musical and then getting out of this school. CTV, I love you. Stn, I hate you. For my first and last Stn blog, this has been Maddie Braddy

First and last P1

Alright, so I’m guilty of not blogging this whole trip. I haven’t been able to fit the time for it! So now that I’m laying here post Stn, all I can think is wow. I can’t believe it’s over. Id like to start off by saying congrats to everyone. I honestly didnt believe we would be able to bring what we brought to the table, but just like every year, I get pleasantly surprised. It kills me that we didnt place in basically anything. But obviously the judges they chose didnt know what quality work was. Rachel, you did an amazing job with sweet 16 and with our short story. You led us in the best way you could’ve and I thank you for that. Wasim your convention recap shat on all the others and you as well did an amazing job leading us technically. Pichardo, thank you for putting your own personal life on hold to take a bunch of rowdy kids to nationals for a tv production class. Your passion for us shines through your pretend hate for us. You have made my highschool career everything I had wanted it to be. So as for music video, we turned it in. And that’s a whole lot better than missing deadline

Post STN Depression

Woke up this morning and all I wanted to do was to be able to walk out my door and see the people who I call my ctv fam. Getting to spend those five days with you all has definitely brought us so much closer and I’ve made friendships that I truly hope will last a lifetime. Even though we didn’t bring home the awards we had hoped for, I don’t even care because we know how talented we are. I can’t wait to see the day when Rachel and Jason go up to accept their Oscars and they can say a big “#%*^ you STN, we made it!” (sorry for cursing Chardo). CTV has changed my life for the better. I’d probably still be hella quiet and weird if I had never gotten in, but now I feel like I was able to come out of my shell and be loud and outgoing, but still weird lol. I can’t stop thinking about how hard it’s going to be to leave you all at the end of the year. I love you more than words can describe. Ctv fam forever.

-Jordan

home

Had to take it all in before being able to blog. Coming home with $500 and an honorable mention is definitely not we expected. But I guess you win some you lose some, theirs always next year. I couldn’t be more grateful to get the chance to learn and work with such talented people, I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am with out you guys. Although closing ceremonies was absolutely heartbreaking, we knew what we deserved and know that we put our absolute heart into everything we turned in. STN brought the best and worst out of us all but I wouldn’t want to experience it with anyone else. Next year will not be the same with out you seniors, I love you all so much and thank you for becoming my family. A big thanks to Pichardo, if it wasn’t for your criticism in class and pushing us all to go that extra mile , we couldn’t have gotten this far, I couldn’t be more grateful to have such an amazing teacher. Love you all so much and thank you for such an amazing year.
- shai

Home

I’m home now and we worked our asses off for everything. I’m so upset that we didn’t get the awards that I had imagined. I feel as if the judges are laughing in our face. Our sweet sixteen was amazing and I’m really proud of everyone for that. A couple days ago whenever someone said “It’s okay even if we don’t get anything” I just had the thought in my head that we would come home all happy with sweet sixteen, short story, and few other mentions for Cooper city. Sadly, the judges at STN really don’t understand what it’s about. It should be about giving everyone the credit that they deserve. To teach us and to inspire us.
I really don’t know what happened. I’m sorry everyone.

-Zach Churnetski

After Everything.

I am currently at UCF right now, I’m really sad that I missed the bus ride home with you all. But anyways, as i woke up this morning and prepared for awards ceremony, never did it ever cross my mind that CTV wouldn’t place for the majority of our awards. I knew that the competition I participated in, commercial, wasn’t my best work (which disappoints me) but Nick and I honestly tried our best; however, I was not expecting a corny “sing along” commercial to win which used copy writed music! And as for the rest of the competitions the people who came in first place didn’t produce segments that were impressive at all and they didn’t even compare to the work that our team made. It was such a disappointment. It really hit me when i was watching the winner for music video and the one that came in first place was of the ugly chick lip singing. To be honest, I am devastated that we didn’t win. Especially sweet 16. When they called all of the awards for it and didn’t mention Cooper City my eyes started to flood and I cried for about an hour. That was a quality show that we put hard work into. Between finding original, interesting stories and actually making them interesting and visually pleasing, no one could say that we didn’t work hard for it. That was our best show we have ever done and no matter what i will be forever proud of it. Even though the Awards ceremony didn’t turn out as planned I’m still happy that I had the privilege of coming to STN my first year in CTV. I’ve become closer with so many of my peers which have made us work even better together as a team than before. The relationships and memories I’ve made with these extraordiany people are things that I will never forget and truly treasure forever. This has really made me appreciate the people that I work with everyday in my 2nd hour class. CTV is not only there to be in a class and just make segments, but we are there for each other and we have each others backs and make sure everyone is on the right track. We keep one another strong and provide support you can really say we are like a little family. I love everyone here and I’m so happy that I was able to share my passion and this experience with you all. You have beautiful souls. I don’t have words to describe how much you all make me happy. Thank you so much for everything and I can’t wait to go to STN next year and kick butt just like how we did this year. So now I say as tears fill my eyes, Goodnight and goodbye STN, until next time. 

                           -Thais Ackerman

- A special thanks to Chardo. You are an amazing teacher. I have so much respect for you, as does everyone else in CTV. You have changed so many students lives and actually give a damn about them, it amazes me. Thank you for believing that I, and many others, could be a part of CTV and believing that we could do work at STN. You have given me a great oppertunity and special part of my life that I will always chersih and I truly appreciate that.