Press Pass Program Release

Press Pass Program Winners Announced

At halftime of the Hawks game on April 17 against the New York Knicks, Press Pass Program sponsor FSN South spotlighted the inaugural season of the Atlanta Hawks Press Pass Program, a year-long initiative in partnership with the Georgia Scholastic Press Association and Atlanta Sports & Fitness Magazine, which allowed high school students with interest in pursuing a career in print and broadcast journalism the opportunity to attend a Hawks game and serve as members of the media. Fourteen students from 11 metro Atlanta high schools participated in the program and conducted interviews with players, coaches and various media members, in addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look at the world of sports journalism.

As a bonus to the students interested in sports broadcasting, FSN South agreed to air the best 60-second video during the halftime portion of their final season broadcast. With five groups submitting a broadcast video of their activities, the first place prize was awarded to Northview High School. The winning team members included Lauren Anderson, a senior who is scheduled to attend Auburn University in the fall, who also serves as the on-air talent; and two juniors, A.K. Silvestri and Fiona Thompson. Among the individuals spotlighted during Northview's winning entry is Hawks head coach Mike Woodson, rookie guard Josh Childress and FSN South voice Bob Rathbun. Northview's broadcast feature takes a look at the progress and development of first-year players in today's NBA.

2005 Atlanta Hawks Press Pass Program/Broadcast participants:

Justin Brabson Druid Hills High School
Sam Franco Druid Hills High School
Anne Silvestri Northview High School
Fiona Thompson Northview High School
Lauren Anderson Northview High School
Derick Howell Osborne High School
Courtland Towns, Jr Osborne High School
Ashlee Johnson Sandy Creek High School
Lyle Epps South Cobb High School

2005 Atlanta Hawks Press Pass Program/Print participants:

Jessica Curtis Redan High School
Patrick Dubus St. Pius High School
Colin Frawley Wheeler High School
Daniel Jacobs Chamblee Carter High School
Meredith Milligan Woodland High School