Raiders News · CHS Live Named Nations Best


Cleveland High School’s broadcasting program has been judged as the best in the nation at the National Federation of State High School Associations convention in Atlanta.

This was the first year of the organization, so high school broadcasting programs (in the future) will be attempting to live up to the standard the Cleveland High program has established.

Broadcasting instructor Jon Souders accepted the award at the federation’s ceremony in Atlanta.

“It is an honor to be recognized as the first NFHS Network Best Overall School Broadcast Program,” Souders said. “There were many deserving schools, and to be selected as the best program in the country is a true testament of the hard work of our students and tremendous support of our entire community.

“I would like to thank the Cleveland Board of Education and school administrators for their willingness to allow our students to stretch themselves and continually push the limits of the possible.”

Competing with schools across the country, CHS Broadcasting earned the award based on production quality, number and diversity of live events, original programming, marketing strategies, viewership, and other factors.

Cleveland High School Principal Autumn O’Bryan stated, “This award represents hours of blood, sweat and tears from our broadcasting teachers and students. We are so proud of this recognition, and it confirms something we’ve known all along. CHSLive is a model program that provides an incredible opportunity for our students in Cleveland City Schools.”

Director of Cleveland City Schools Dr. Martin Ringstaff added to the praise of the Cleveland High program, saying “We are proud of the CHSLive students and Mr. Souders,” he said. “They have worked countless events and constantly raised the bar to be the best program in the country.”

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the National Federation of State High School Associations has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and activities that help students succeed in their lives.

The organization provides a variety of program initiatives that reach 18,500 high schools and over 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs.