Four high school students who are members of the TigerTV News production team took first place at the Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference April 4-6 at Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo.

WCC's team includes Waynesville High School seniors Josie Melton and Brenna Pool, as well as Richland High School senior Lakoda Leep, and Plato High School senior Amber Rice.

"I am extremely proud of our Broadcast News team's 1st place win," says Tim Wallace, WCC's video production instructor.

Waynesville Career Center's TigerTV broadcast news team will now advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference where they will represent the State of Missouri. The conference will be held June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo.

"This is only the second year WCC has competed in this contest," Wallace says. "Amber, Brenna, and Josie were on the Broadcast News team last year and finished second in the state. Since the beginning of this school year, they have been eager to compete again and have worked very hard preparing for the contest. All four of these students are extremely talented and will be great representatives of our school district, community and state."

At the SkillsUSA competition, the four WCC students worked together to write a three-minute script that included current national, international, political, lifestyle and sporting news. The students were then given up to 20 minutes to rehearse their newscast. After rehearsal, the team had one take to record their newscast.

Melton and Pool served as the team's news anchors – jobs they have become accustomed to while working on the staff of TigerTV News – which airs on the local Cable America's Channel 12. The two Waynesville seniors have been bringing news and school announcements to the community since their junior year. In addition to their on-camera duties, Melton and Pool have each served as the show's news producer. The students also write their own news copy, put together news packages and work multiple live Channel 12 broadcasts. While the news anchors may be the face of TigerTV News, it takes several other students working behind the scenes to make the show possible. This year Leep has worked as TigerTV News' floor director, where he directs the news anchors and supervises the student camera crew. Rice serves as the technical director, operating the broadcast switcher and coordinating with other students working in the control room.

TigerTV News is a student-produced newscast that airs every Friday on Channel 12 at 10:35 AM. It is produced at Waynesville Career Center by the Video Production program. Past episodes of TigerTV News can be found on its YouTube channel:

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). SkillsUSA has over 300,000 members and is comprised of students and teachers in all 50 states, D.C., and three U.S. territories. For more information about SkillsUSA visit their website: