English teacher Tim Wasem says he’s still getting his head around it.
“I have students coming in this semester … who are asking, like, ‘When are we gonna do the podcast challenge? When’s that gonna happen?’ “
That’s because a year ago, an unlikely team of 11th-graders at Elizabethton High School in east Tennessee won NPR’s first-ever Student Podcast Challenge. Their 11-minute entry told the story of how the nearby town of Erwin is trying to rehabilitate its image a century after hanging an elephant. They called their podcast “Murderous Mary & The RISE Of Erwin.”
As the Student Podcast Challenge opens this month for its second year and as our new podcast about the contest launches Monday, we’ve checked back in with last year’s two grand-prize winners to see how the experience changed their learning, and their lives.