Aberdeen High School’s radio station, the KAHS 106.5FM, walked away with four individual state titles out of the twelve categories contested in the Washington State High School Radio Awards. The four state titles match the cumulative total of all the state titles that the KAHS have won since the beginning of the competition in 2008, and the first since 2010. Leading the Bobcats was Aberdeen Senior and four year KAHS staff member, Erika Nelson. Erika won two state titles, Best PSA Campaign and Best Commentary, and took third at state in Best Radio Image Pieces.
Also taking home a state titles were AHS Senior Kellen Schroeder and Bobcat Sophomore Erin Kuhn. Kellen took first in Best Individual Newscast, while Erin took first in Best PSA. Kellen and team mate, Stephanie Boone took third in Best Public Affairs Program. For the first time since the start of the competition, Aberdeen swept an entire category, placing first, second and third in the Best PSA campaign. Besides Erika Nelson’s first place finish, Dakota Mullikin and Bailee Green took second and third respectively. Dakota also placed third in Best Commentary.
For the third year in a row, The KAHS took second in Overall Excellence, tying with five time champion KNHC-FM, Nathan Hale High School. KMIH-FM, Mercer Island High School, won its first team title. Becoming only the second school, other than Nathan Hale, to win that honor. In 2012, KGHP-FM Peninsula High School took first.
Since 2008, the Washington State High School Radio Awards have connected high school students throughout the state with industry professionals, in a format that provides feedback, instruction and competition to promote the industry. The Washington State High School Radio Awards is the brain child of KGHP-FM General Manager and Instructor, Leland Smith.