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Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Nabs Several BASH Awards

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Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting, the Central High School District’s broadcasting specialty program housed at Mepham High School, took home four first place awards and one for third place at this year’s Broadcast Awards for Senior High (The BASH Awards).

BMB was nominated for awards in six categories taking home first place for Best Community News Package, Best Anchor Team, Most Entertaining and Best Broadcast for the BMB Morning Announcements.

Senior Emily Yucht, who produced three of BMB’s winning entries and its third-place award for Best School News Package, said the day was a testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of the program.

“We all work so well together, it’s a family atmosphere where we pick each other up and root each other on,” she explained.“On any given day there are always a dozen kids in the studio working together to create things.”

Teacher Lisa Kalish said it was a proud day for the students and staff alike.

“It was great to see the parade of BMB kids to the stage at Stony Brook accepting their awards,” she added.“The kids have worked so hard all year and grown so much it is so fantastic to see them getting the recognition they deserve.”

The award winning submissions can be seen on the BMB YouTube channel, and they include “Silver Linings” for community news, a story about the unintended benefits that the stay at home period brought, a movie trailer produced by senior Luke Melfa won for Most Entertaining. Morning Announcements stars senior Ava Scheffler and Haley Hepworth won for Best Anchor Team and the Morning Announcements team under the direction of Yucht and Sean McQuillan won for Best Broadcast.Yucht’s exploration of school newspapers took home the third place prize for Best School News.

BMB counselor Jaclyn Kratzer and new addition to the BMB team credited the energy that all the students bring to the program.

“They are all so engaged and into this program,” she noted. “It’s nice to see their passion and energy produce such quality work.”

This is BMB’s second time gaining national and regional recognition this year.After winning the National Student Television’s Broadcast excellence award in February.The BASH Awards are a regional competition begun by Southold High School in 2017.

Date Added: 5/3/2022

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