By Tony Lopez

ROCKLIN (CBS13) — A high-school TV broadcasting program was named the best in the nation.

Their product is polished, their team is poised, and their news director and instructor couldn’t be more proud.

“What it really comes down to though—as you look around this room—there are 32 of the hardest working students not only in Northern California but around the country,” said Ben Barnholdt.

The hard work has paid off big time, as Whitney High School’s broadcasting program was recently named the best in the nation.

The Rocklin school calls its station WCTV19. They cover the basics, including sports, but also dig deeper into meaningful topics.

“The issues that are going through–whether it’s mental health, whether it’s suicide prevention—we tackle those issues to make students aware of what’s going on not only in our school but in our community–that’s a big part of our program,” he said.

It’s a big achievement for the relatively new school that’s only been around for just over 10 years.

The student journalists jumped right in, knowing it takes a team to put a daily product on the air.

“Our program is really like a family and we really all get along and no matter what class you’re in—production, news or sports–you know everyone–we just really bonded as a whole program,” said Nicole Camarda.

That bonding begins bright and early, coming in well before the bill rings in the morning.

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