Mehlville High School journalism program earns recognition and $5,000 in prize money

The Ford Drive 4 UR School program announced Mehlville High School’s broadcast team placed second in a national video contest.

Students Milan Orescanin, Ethan Wagner, Nick Dudley, Zach Hughes and Maggie McComish created a commercial that earned their school $5,000 in prize money.

The commercial was one of more than 75 entries nationwide. It can be viewed on the Ford Drive 4 UR School Video Contest Facebook page as well as Dave Sinclair Ford’s website.

This award comes after the Mehlville boys’ basketball program partnered with Dave Sinclair Ford for the Drive 4 UR School Event, which earned $6,000 for the teams.

Head Coach Andy Guethle and journalism adviser Erin Moeckel will donate a substantial part of the earnings to the charity “Mehlville Gives Back,” which aids homeless students with meals.

The broadcast journalism team also earned third place in a regional film contest earlier this month at Drury University.

More than 500 students attended the conference. The team had 72 hours to create a short film including a few specific parameters. Written and directed by Maggie McComish and Milan Orescanin, the film features students Branden Lawson and Jack Williams.

The short film “Spectrum” can be viewed at

Mehlville Media is the Mehlville High School journalism program. Mehlville Today represents the broadcast news team, which airs bi-weekly.

Student Prints, the newsmagazine, prints and distributes three times per semester. Both staffs create content for the student-produced website For more information about Mehlville Media, contact