Joplin, MO (SNS) – Students from KGCS-TV at Missouri Southern State University received statewide honors during the 2016 Missouri Broadcast Educators Student Contest.

The annual competition showcases excellence in audio and video production, script writing and multimedia. Missouri Southern students received awards in five different categories – one first place and four honorable mentions.

First Place – Video/Multi-Camera Live Event: “Southern Sports Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015,” Patrick Wheeler, sophomore communications major, Aurora; and Hank Boulanger, freshman communications major, Towanda, Kan.

Honorable Mention – Script/Documentary: “Imagine: Global Warming and the Future of Earth,” James Walls, senior communications major, Neosho.

Honorable Mention – Video/News Show, Non-Recurring: “KGCS Campus Talk,” Alecia Henson, senior communication major, Joplin; and Austin Minor, Baxter Springs, Kan.

Honorable Mention – Video/PSA: “Joplin Recycling Center,” Alex Bryant, sophomore communications major, Joplin

Honorable Mention – Video/Sports Package: Division II Cross Country National Championship,” Sierra Gray, junior communications major, Ponca City, Okla.

“We’re proud that our students have received this type of recognition,” said Judy Stiles, general manager of KGCS. “It shows how the hands-on experience opportunities they receive at our station helps prepare them for the future.”

KGCS has operated for more than 30 years as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern. Programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television systems.