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Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students are having a successful spring, earning numerous awards and moments in the spotlight. Students took home several awards from the recent BASH event, held at Stony Brook University on May 3. 

BASH stands for Broadcasting Awards for Senior High. A total of 21 schools across Long Island were represented, with more than 400 students in attendance. Contestants entered their work in six categories, and a special seventh one titled Newsday's Next LI provided a way to recognize videos that highlight social injustice. 

Long Beach High School won first place for Best Opening Segment and second place for Best Overall Show, and Ashanti Sherred's video for the Newsday's Next LI competition won second place. All students in the TV Studio Production class played a role in the overall show achievement. Cameron Conte, Edward O'Shea, James Rosenthal, Ashanti Sherred, Harry Lee, Colby Lewis, Charles Mandell, Alexander Nachman, James O'Connor and Melody Moy were particularly instrumental in carrying it out. For Best Opening Segment, James O'Connor and Melody Moy created the idea and storyboarded and filmed the introduction.

“It was wonderful to hear Long Beach High School announced for these wins in such a large audience,” said teacher Eric Krywe. “It was a great experience for our students that shined a positive light on our district. Our student's team first attitude and hard work effort resulted in our overall success.”

Additionally, several students have had their work selected for future opportunities. A short film titled “Lost and Found” by Ashanti Sherred will be shown in the “First Exposure” Film Festival on May 19, hosted by Suffolk County executive Steve Belone and held at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington. A piece titled “Flip,” created by Charles Mandell, Melanie Moy and James O’Connor, will be presented at the St. John’s Film Festival. Both films will be showcased at the Long Island International Film Festival in July, as will several others created by Long Beach High School students.