Joplin, MO (SNS) – Current and former students from KGCS-TV at Missouri Southern State University have been recognized for their work by the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association.

The competition features work by college broadcast students from across the state. The awards received by Missouri Southern students include two first-place honors and three honorable mentions.

Ethan Stump, a recent graduate from Oronogo, Mo., received first-place in the Commercial/Promo/PSA category for his script “Gamer’s Guild.” Kristin Hanna, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., received first place in the documentary script category for “Black and White: Racial History Explored.”

Honorable mentions went to recent graduate Jake Hamilton, of Joplin, for his work on the Joplin NALA public service announcement and in the Live Event category for coverage of the MSSU Homecoming Parade; and to former student Shayne Carnahan, Grove, Okla., in the Audio Play-By-Play category for his coverage of the MSSU vs. Southwest Baptist men’s basketball game.

“We’re proud of the awards received by our students in this statewide competition,” said Judy Stiles, KGCS-TV general manager. “This shows the value of hands-on experience and practical application in the learning process for our students.”

KGCS operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University. Programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television systems.