LS, MS, and US Students Win Big at A9CC Video Competition!

LS, MS, and US Students Win Big at A9CC Video Competition!

May 17, 2023

Sacred Heart Greenwich students in Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School won a total of 11 awards at the 2023 Area 9 Cable Council Educational Access Awareness Awards. The Educational Access Awareness Awards sponsored by the Area 9 Cable Council (A9CC) and Altice were announced May 12. 

It is especially meaningful that 6th graders from the Middle School's newly launched news show, "The Stuart Scoop" were recognized with a first place award as best Middle School news show in their very first year of production. Lower School students won awards for their breaking news segment about the butterfly project as well as the Groundhog's Day edition of "News from the Heart." Also of note is that the Upper School news show, "Today from the Heart," has won first place in the region for 12 out of the past 14 years of the competition.  

The Area 9 Cable Council (A9CC) and Altice sponsor this contest yearly to encourage students to develop video production and storytelling skills by creating videos that are relevant to their school and community. The videos have been broadcast throughout the school year on Altice’s Educational Access Channel 78. The Ed Access competition is open to students from Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, and Westport.

"I'm incredibly proud of our students from 2nd grade to 12th grade who were recognized as some of the best filmmakers in Fairfield County. Congratulations to all of the students and the faculty who worked behind the scenes including Mrs. Dunn, Mrs. George, Mr. Pisani, and Ms. Principe. It is very exciting to see that we have thriving news shows in all three divisions giving students of all ages the opportunity to share their voices while working in a state-of-the-art studio," said Director of Media Studies, Design & Innovation Ms. Ellyn Stewart. 

Please click on the green links below to watch the winning work. Congratulations to the following students:

Lower School

2nd Place, School News Story, Caroline Peyton and the 2nd Grade, “Breaking News: Butterfly Project”  

3rd Place, Adult Assisted, Colby Thaler, Ella Briganti, Anya Ackerson, and Caroline Peyton “News from the Heart: Groundhog's Day edition” 

Middle School


1st Place, Izzy Nedder, Maisie Pascal, and Camilla Pazmino, "Behind Closed Doors

2nd Place, Maria Walsh and Lily Wise, "Empty Plates"

News Show

1st Place, 6th Grade, “Stuart Scoop

High School


1st Place, Keira Frascella, "Light Night

Narrative / Fiction

1st Place Bella Nardis & Ella Breitenbach, "Homecoming"


1st Place, Lila Caruso, "In Order to Create Chaos"


3rd place, Jackie Franco, “A World of Pink” 

General Interest Story

3rd place, Julia Randolph, “About the Wait” 

News Show

1st Place, Multimedia Journalism Class, “Today from the Heart: March edition

Student videos are recognized in eight separate categories - Adult Assisted (Elementary), Animation/Stop Motion, Experimental, Documentary (High School), General Interest Story, Narrative/Fiction Entries, News Shows, Public Service Announcements, and School News Story.

The competition recognizes student excellence at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels. An "Eddy" (Ed Access Trophy) will be presented to the school for each winning project.