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The Brentwood High School TV and Film program won the Western Kentucky University Mark of Excellence Journalism and Film Awards for the third straight year.

While the 2020 Kentucky Mark of Excellence Competition, sponsored by the Western Kentucky University School of Media, awards ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students were not left without recognition.

According to BHS TV and Film teacher and Career and Technical Education Department Chairman Ronnie Adcock, BHS won first place in five of the eight Broadcasting categories, and placed in two more. 

Senior Alex Wells worked on all five of the winning entries, and was named Most Valuable Broadcast Team Member.

“It’s a good feeling,” said Wells in an email. “I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help. It’s truly a team effort. Our hard work this year paid off.”

Wells was co-anchor on the WBHS 9 newscasts, and interviewed country superstar Dolly Parton in October. Wells will attend WKU this fall on a film scholarship.

“Alex has had a great three-year run in our program,” Adcock said in an email. “He’s won some type of award every year.  I’ve had some great, great students over the years, but no one has ever won five at one competition.”


The WKU wins comes two weeks after WBHS 9 was recognized by the Tennessee High School Press Association as the best TV program in Tennessee for the 10th time in 12 years.

Listed below is a list of winners from BHS and a complete list of winners can be found here.


1st Place: WBHS 9 Level 4 Newscast

Alex Wells, Chloe Robertson, Audrey Green, Jacob Blanton, Brennan Chapman, Tucker Harlin, Jack Townsend

News Story

1st Place: Dolly Parton Sound Stage

Alex Wells, Jack Wilson, Audrey Green

Music Video

1st Place: Watermelon Sugar

Bailey Tunnell, Alex Wells, Ben Mahaffey, Keaton Hardwick 

Narrative Film (Short Film)

1st Place: She’s American

Alex Wells, Jack Wilson, Chloe Robertson, Justin King, Alex Isbell 

Most Valuable Broadcast Team Member

1st Place: Alex Wells, WBHS 9 TV, Brentwood High School

News Videography

2nd Place: Zoolumination

Cami Roadman, Bailey Tunnell

Sports Story

3rd Place: Brentwood High Cross Country

Brennan Chapman, Jacob Blanton 

Here is a link to all of the winners, as well as more information on the WKU Mark of Excellence Awards.

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