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Spotlight on Education: Southeast Career Technology Television Program Selected as National Finalist


BRADENTON – The Career Technology Television program at Southeast High School is one of 10 finalists in the nation still in the running to win the world's smallest HD Mobile Production Vehicle. Southeast will compete against seven other high schools, and two universities, to win a NewTek smart car HD production vehicle that includes a TriCaster and 3Play live video production equipment.


In the competition sponsored by NewTek, a communications company that focuses on sporting events and live entertainment, Southeast was selected as a finalist from among hundreds of entries based on a 500-word essay explaining how the school would integrate the production vehicle into their sports production programs. All of the 10 finalists are now being asked to produce a video demonstrating why their school should take home the grand prize.

"Should we win the NewTek Smart car, this will increase our technology vastly which will completely benefit the membership of our program" said Mike Sanders, Director of Television at Southeast. "It is extremely gratifying to be recognized by NewTek as one of the top educational institutions in the country."

NewTek has announced 10 finalists in its contest to win the world’s smallest HD mobile production vehicle. The finalists, which were selected from hundreds of entries in the 48 contiguous states and District of Columbia, include two universities and eight high schools, all of which have active video production programs for students. Results will be announced December 16, 2013. The Grand Prize winner will receive, and the other finalists will each receive a TriCaster 40.

“Our original vision for the NewTek smart car was to demonstrate the true mobility and power of our TriCaster and 3Play live video production equipment," said Jim Plant, NewTek President and CEO, "and with this contest, we will make that vision a reality for a school that otherwise might not be able to afford it on their own. 

“We look forward to seeing how creative the 10 finalists will be as they compete for the grand prize, and to presenting the winner with an incredibly powerful live sports production package that will deliver the same caliber of action and coverage that fans experience on network television or in a professional sporting venue.”

Finalists include:

Arvada West High School, Arvada, CO
Centennial High School, Peoria, AZ
Grissom High School, Huntsville, AL
Harmony High School, Harmony, FL
James Logan High School, Union City, CA
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Palisades Charter High School, Los Angeles, CA
South Kitsap High School, Port Orchard, WA
Southeast High School, Bradenton, FL
University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX


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