DCSD Student Media Awards Program

Film Festival AwardsDue to the current COVID-19 situation, there will not be an awards ceremony for this year's event. We will still continue to accept submissions and award winners for each category. The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 24, 2020.

The annual DCSD Student Media Awards seek to recognize the outstanding work being done by students in the fields of video production, journalism, and graphic design throughout the Douglas County School District.

Like last year, these recognitions have been split into two awards ­– the Film Festival and the Student Journalism Awards. This change has been made to provide more opportunities to showcase student work, and to honor the spirit and intention of both production and journalism.

Below you will find categories for each contest and instructions on how to enter. If you have any questions about a category, any of the rules, or submission guidelines, please email either Chris Cheline or Nate Jones in the DCSD Communications Department.

Film Festival Winners 2020

 High School
 Animation 1st Lego's Star Wars Trailer
Brayden Murphy 
Highlands Ranch High School
  2nd Life is Great
Brandon Gurule
Highlands Ranch High School
 Documentary 1st Earth Sandwich
Sage Wheeler, Matt Mejia, Nick Quam, Liam Conaty, Kameron Fisher
Rock Canyon High School
  2nd What Would You Do?
Kaytee Pappenheim, Annika Strom, Kendra Weitkunat
Douglas County High School 
  3rd Ian Fleming
Christopher Junge, Nicholas Quam, Andrew Moenster  
Rock Canyon High School 
 Music Video 1st In the Same Place
Maddy Rounds 
Legend High School 
  2nd Run Run Rudolph
Ricky Evans, Tytan Turnbaugh, Marina Tinari, Katy Kennedy, Jordan Browning
Douglas County High School 
  3rd Somebody's Watching Me
Hana Moreland, Tyler Olsen, Faith Franz, Lauran Waldrop, Peyton Cleaver
Douglas County High School 
 PSA 1st A Moment in Time
Christian Lau 
Mountain Vista High School 
  2nd We See You
Amelia Gish, Nicole Byers
Rock Canyon High School 
  3rd Don't Litter Seriously
RyAnn Pryor, Megan Bartels
Highlands Ranch High School 
  HM Distracted Driving
Caitlynne Rigas, Emily Weingardt
Douglas County High School 
Short Film - ATS 1st Deserted
Lilly Reicher
Mountain Vista High School 
  2nd Interstellar Dream
Reid Fendler
Highlands Ranch High School 
  3rd Untitled Horror Movie
Kyle McIllece, Gabe Bernini, Devon Carranco 
ThunderRidge High Schoo
Short Film - Comedy 1st Senioritis 
Caitlynne Rigas, Emily Weingardt
Douglas County High School 
  2nd Happy (Fake) Valentines Day
Amelia Gish, Lauren Karaba, Courenay Krause, James McHenry, Alexa Narlinger 
Rock Canyon High School 
  3rd Ghost Sightings
Steven Cassford, Braden Cloutier, Tyler Hess 
Rock Canyon High School 
Short Film - Drama 1st LUCID 
Liam Conaty 
Rock Canyon High School 
  2nd Suburbia
Josh Ilano 
Legend High School 
  3rd Gateway
Christian Lau  
Mountain Vista High School 


 Middle School
 Animation 1st The Balloon
Molly Larsen
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd The Lonely Cheerio
Keira Martin, Riley McManus
Sierra Middle School
  3rd Lone Flower
Kaiden Moore, Annabelle Meyers, Ayden Rovner, Lolo Shafer
Cimarron Middle School
 Documentary 1st Be Red
Payton Mayer, Katie de la Pena
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd Life on the Edge
Lizzie Bendixon
Cresthill Middle School
  3rd Fire Science at Rock Canyon
Kaylee Eubanks
Rocky Heights Middle School
  HM Stay Safe
Blake Jessen
Sagewood Middle School
 Music Video 1st Soldier
Ryann Zayaz, Meredith Barnhart, Easton Paben, Caleb Greenfield
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd Read All About It
Cara Dale, Ellie Alvey, Cooper Hansen, Addie Hofer
Cimarron Middle School
  3rd Slow Down Love
Abby Reis, Payton Mayer, Norah Sturm, Emma Poole
Cimarron Middle School
 PSA 1st Don't Text and Drive
Kellan Larson, Colin Flaherty, Spencer Sclagel, Jered Turner
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd Games That Matter
Drew Middleton, Jacob McConnell, Brody Martinez
Castle Rock Middle School
  3rd A Piece of Paper
Kiley Huffman, Ellie Roadifer
Cresthill Middle School
  HM A Piece of Paper
Kiley Huffman, Ellie Roadifer
Cresthill Middle School
  HM California Wild Fire
Delaney Stafford
Rocky Heights Middle School
Short Film - ATS 1st Crane
Reece Nelson
Mountain Ridge Middle School
  2nd Chain Mail
Norah Sturm, Abby Reis, Emma Poole, Payton Mayer, Lolo Shafer
Cimarron Middle School
  3rd Found Footage
Cole Lindsey
Rocky Heights Middle School
Short Film - Comedy 1st Horse Girl 
Ellie Alvey, Cara Dale
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd Great British Bakeoff
Addie Hofer, Lauren Ventrovec
Cimarron Middle School
  3rd Mistakes
Joey Fordham, Preeti Khanna, Kennedy Jeppson, Katie Record
Rocky Heights Middle School
Short Film - Drama 1st Wake Up
Kaylee Eubanks, Lilia Khellaf, Zia Pool, Sophia Zakhem
Rocky Heights Middle School
  2nd Anxiety
Ashlyn Turner, Karli Stefanik, Aiden Young, Garrett Kezlan
Cimarron Middle School
  3rd A Day in Quarantine
Christian Lopez
Castle Rock Middle School
 Elementary
 Animation 1st Icy Friends
Emberlyce Vidal, Christian Kelley, Maddie Gacnik, Jamie Ardoin, Lilliana Motys, Isabel Beuther
Redstone Elementary
  2nd Lego Animation
Tommy Glennon, Jason Duris
Redstone Elementary
  3rd It's Your Birthday
Miyu Erickson, Max Davis, Tanush Kandpal, Katrina Magor
Redstone Elementary
Music Video 1st Man In The Comments
Josie Hayes, Alex Miron, Rafa Silva, Drew Williams
Pine Grove Elementary
  2nd Offline
Blake Charbonneau, James Evans, Emerson Sprinkle
Pine Grove Elementary
  3rd Fight Song
Whitney Hayes, Gabrielle Kim, Bree Judd, Maren Vevil, Ashley Bobrik, Lucy Palka
Redstone Elementary
 PSA 1st Suicide
Ryleigh Fischer, Ryan Kocsis, Sashe Rajasekar, Andrew Webster
Pine Grove Elementary
  2nd Vaping
Preston Canter, Annabel Downing
Redstone Elementary
  3rd Animal Abuse
Carson Frattinger, Liam Perrott, Montana Turner, Laura Wolf
Pine Grove Elementary




Video Journalism Winners 2020

 High School
Broadcast Production 1st Live Broadcast - March 12, 2020 Rock Canyon High School
Feature 1st Veterans Day
Emily Weingardt
Douglas County High School
  2nd Meet Mountain Vista's New Counselors
Caleb Corrales, Jack Strassner
Mountain Vista High School 
  3rd Before You Graduate
Reagan Jacobs
Douglas County High School
General News 1st Library Hot Dogs
Jash Archie
Douglas County High School
  2nd Career Fair
Ricky Meyer
Douglas County High School 
Live Event Production 1st Wish Week Closing Ceremony 2020
Bryce Miller, Caleb Shroder, Blaise Schauer, Cooper Hertz, Isaac Dressel, Cade Tolson
Mountain Vista High School 
Reporter of the Year
Carson Shea ThunderRidge High School
Sports Broadcast 1st MVHS Boys Basketball v. PHS 
Blaise Schauer, Nathan Tubbs, John Peterson, Kendal Wright
Mountain Vista High School
  2nd MVHS @ Broomfield Playoff Girls Basketball
Kyle Walters, Dylan Efrid, Ryan DeSimone, Chris Perella
Mountain Vista High School
  3rd Rocky Mountain @ RCHS
Rock Canyon High School 
  3rd MVHS v. Ponderosa Volleyball
Ben Bowen, Ty Strawbridge, Radek Homer
Mountain Vista High School
Sports Feature 1st Sports Feature
Carter Field, Nate Barbert, Mihir Mahale, Colin Mooney, John Peterson
Mountain Vista High School
  2nd The Rise of High School E-Sports
Blaise Schauer, Nathan Tubbs, Caleb Schroder
Mountain Vista High School
  3rd Sports Feature
Carson Shae
ThunderRidge High School
Videographer of the Year Maura McGettigan Mountain Vista High School






 Middle School
Broadcast Production 1st NHTV Quarantine Broadcast
Kennedy Jeppson, Matthew Shipley, Patrick Smith, Ash Wegner, and Anderson Yu
Rocky Heights Middle School
  2nd Colt Cast Live
Ashlyn Turner, Karli Stefanik, Cara Dale, Ellie Avley, Norah Sturm
Cimarron Middle School
  3rd Holiday Broadcast
CRMS eMedia
Castle Rock Middle School
Feature 1st Ms. Callahan
Makenna Carvey, Kylee Clark, Eleanor DeWeese, Kenna Escoz
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd Cimarron Lunch Baskets
Payton Mayer, Norah Sturm, Abby Reis
Cimarron Middle School
  3rd Dumb Friends League
Abby Reis, Norah Sturm
Cimarron Middle School
General News 1st 9/11 Stair Climb
Amelia Mensing, Colin Flaherty
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd Summer Changes at CRMS
Drew Middleton
Castle Rock Middle SChool
  3rd Make Your Mark
Hailey Berge, Amelia Mensing
Cimarron Middle School
Live Event Coverage 1st Veterans Day 
Colin Flaherty, Emma Poole, Amelia Mensing, Kaiden Moore, Lincoln Meuli
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd Choir
Stream Team
Cimarron Middle School
Reporter of the Year
Payton Mayer Cimarron Middle School
Sports Broadcast 1st Boys Basketball
Karlie Stefanik, Addie Hofer, Amelia Mensing, Hadley Simington, Andrew Heisinger
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd RHMS Unified Basketball v. MRMS
Braden Horton, Preeti Khanna, Emerzon Schwarz
Rocky Heights Middle School
  3rd RHMS Boys Basketball v. RVMS
Mackenzie Borie, Preeti Khanna, Ash Wegner
Rocky Heights Middle School
Sports Feature 1st Hannah Rozen Figure Skating
Madi Fong, Sanaa Sow
Rocky Heights Middle School
  2nd Wrestling
Lincoln Meuli, Brian Doyle, Andrew Heisinger, Brenne Callaghan
Cimarron Middle School
  3rd A Team Volleyball Tournament
Cara Dale, Emma Poole
Cimarron Middle School






Print Journalism Winners 2020

 High School
Editorial Photography 1st TR Basketball
Michael Reyes
ThunderRidge High School
  2nd City Life
McKenna Frakes
ThunderRidge High School
  3rd TR Athletes Show Grit
Michael Reyes
ThunderRidge High School
Feature Story 1st Teeing Off In The Tropics
Bella Terhark
Castle View High School
  2nd Sing It Loud
Samantha Haygood
Castle View High School
  3rd Grizzlies Names In Space
Michael Reyes
ThunderRidge High School
General News 1st Peace Jam
Sophia Romano
ThunderRidge High School
  2nd Strictly Safe
Samantha North
Castle View High School
  3rd Dodging a Bullet
Tyler Steinbrunner
Castle View High School
Photographer of the Year   McKenna Frakes ThunderRidge High School
Publication 1st The Growl
Aug - Sept 2019
ThunderRidge High School
  2nd The View
Inside and Out
Castle View High School
  3rd The Growl
May 2020
ThunderRidge High School
Reporter of the Year   Caitlin Estes ThunderRidge High School
Sports Feature 1st BEACH VS INDOOR VOLLEYBALL
Jasmine Vaughan
ThunderRidge High School
  2nd Coaches Support Mental Health
Jack Ryan
ThunderRidge High School
  3rd Picking Up The Pieces 
Ava Harding
Castle View High School
  HM Triumph Over 
Lillian Henack
Castle View High School




 Middle School
Editorial Photography 1st Goal
Emma Haselhof
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd Vets Day
Abi Heisinger
Cimarron Middle School
  3rd Let The Race Begin
Josh McAlister
Rocky Heights Middle School
Feature Story 1st Be Red Assembly, Together as One
Morgan Underwood and Dylan Gommel
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd This Inside Scoop
Milena Andrews Fierro and Chloe Farson
Rocky Heights Middle School
  3rd A Way to Motivate
Jenna Patterson
Rocky Heights Middle School
General News 1st Out of Sight
Ella Henry and Danica Rowe
Rocky Heights Middle School
  2nd Making CMAS Matter
Kenzie Borie, Ally Cartwright, andJunbin Kim
Rocky Heights Middle School
  3rd A Day of Remembrance
TLindsay Kendall, KarlieChase, and Alexa Benda
Rocky Heights. Middle School
Photographer of the Year   Addie Solomon Cimarron Middle School
Publication 1st EMERGE Cimarron Middle School
  2nd The Nighthawk Rocky Heights Middle School
Reporter of the Year   Best Work of Sophia Zakhem
Sophia Zakhem
Rocky Heights Middle School
    The Best Work of Jenna Patterson
Jenna Patterson
Rocky Heights Middle School
Series 1st Choir Concerts of RHMS
Kenzie Borie, Ally Cartwright, and Junbin Kim
Rocky Heights Middle School
  2nd 2019 Wrestling Season
Brooke Vidger, Addie Waller, and Dani Yoder
Rocky Heights Middle School
  3rd 2019 Football Season 
Jenna Patterson, Payton Schafer, Mckenzie Sheldon, Lindsey Thomsen, and Abigail Wood
Rocky Heights Middle School
Sports Feature 1st Volleyball: Method to Victory 
Madisen Childress and Sophi Callis
Cimarron Middle School
  2nd Bolting Ben 
Sophia Zakhem and Maja Plewczynski
Rocky Heights Middle School
  3rd Playing to Win: 7th Grade Boys Basketball 
Emma Haselhof and Addie Solomon
Cimarron Middle School


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