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NPR Podcast Challenge features two Morton East finalists

NPR Podcast Challenge features two Morton East finalists

Two Morton East students have found themselves as national finalists for National Public Radio’s (NPR) Student Podcast Challenge. The national contest features thousands of students equipped with training guides and manuals on succeeding in audio storytelling, submitting entries to be judged by some of the biggest names in public radio. The topic can be anything, from climate change to why tater tots make the best potato dish. More than 2,600 entries, no longer than eight minutes, were submitted, and NPR’s team selected 15 high school podcasts. But Morton East didn’t have one finalist among the 15. Instead, the Mustangs found themselves with two finalists, beating out episodes from 47 states and the District of Columbia. It is the second straight year Morton 201 has had finalists in the three-year-old competition. Podcasting continues to expand in popularity, becoming the fastest growing audio-based medium over the past decade. Julian Fausto and his co-host, Eric Guadarrama focused on teens and tattoos, while Juan Muñoz discussed nostalgia and the difference in our life experiences as children. Julian and Juan will be Morton seniors this year. “We’re continually proud of our students,” said Board Vice-President Lido Manetti, Jr. “We’re impressed with their ambition and proud of how far their gumption takes them. How often do you see a high school having two finalists among just 15 from across the entire country? That shows the excellent talent and teaching we have here at Morton.”