BEC-TV programs win two Student Production Awards

Published on May 12, 2023
BEC student volunteer attending the Emmy Foundation awards. Headshot of AV All Star recipient.

Bloomington Educational Community Television (BEC-TV) recently won two Student Production Awards from the Upper Midwest Emmy Foundation for Best Live Sports Production. The winning programs will advance to the National Student Production Awards later this year.

Student producers Malachi Martichuski, a senior at Kennedy High School, and Sofia Pehrson, a senior at Jefferson High School, led the award-winning programs, BEC-TV’s coverage of football and girls hockey.

“I love working with these kids and the adult professionals who mentor them,” says Tom Ringdal, director at BEC-TV. “Their skill and passion is clear as they work together to create award-winning programming for our community.”

The foundation also honored Martichuski with the 2023 High School AV All Star award for his contributions to the overall success of a school or non-profit educational student video media program.

Martichuski has contributed to nearly 260 BEC-TV productions and played a key role in rebooting Kennedy’s school news program, “Eastside Edition.” He leads about 20 students in producing the weekly live broadcast.

BEC-TV is an award-winning, student-driven community cable television network serving the Bloomington community. Its programs, produced by students in grades 7-12, are aired on local cable channels and streamed online, providing real-world production experience for students while offering quality content.