2020 College Student Production Award Recipients



Congratulations to the College recipients in the 2020 Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation Student Production Awards!  Recipients were announced at a ceremony on Friday 3rd, 2020.

This year, the NATAS – Upper Midwest Chapter received nearly 185 entries from 30 high schools and colleges/universities from across our region.

2020 Student production Awards Host Carla Beaurline – Around Town TV/MCN6

Friday April 3rd we held a special video ceremony hosted by Carla Beaurline – Around Town TV & MCN6. We dedicated this video ceremony to students & educators who will miss proms, sporting events or graduation ceremonies this spring. The Board of Governors teamed up with regional media professionals who volunteered their time and resources to bring students and educators this special event.

The awards are presented to the schools for promotional purposes to encourage students to pursue the media arts.    Any student whose name is on the recipient entry form is eligible to purchase a duplicate Crystal Pillar Award.  We also offer nomination certificates and plaques for students listed on nominated entries.

College Student Crystal Pillar order form

Student Nomination certificate order form

College Student Production Award Crystal Pillar

OFFICIAL NATIONAL NATAS RULES FOR STUDENT AWARD PROMOTION: You may promote you received an Upper Midwest Emmy® Student Production Award or Nomination. PLEASE DO NOT REFER TO THESE AWARDS AS STUDENT EMMYS. Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are NOT eligible to be promoted as a Regional Emmy® award recognition.  Students may refer to being nominated or recipient of a Student Production Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation  or Upper Midwest Emmy® Student Production Award or Nominee. Students and schools may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of school publications, commercial advertising and promotion.  Crystal Pillar Awards are presented to recipient schools for promotional purposes.  Students listed on official entry are eligible to purchase awards.

2019 College/University Student Production Award Recipients

College – Newscast

LCTV News- Loras College

  • LCTV News & Production Crew
  • Jill Specht, Advisor

College – News:  General Assignment – Serious News

Navigating handicap accessibility at St. Thomas TommieMedia- University of St. Thomas

  • Noah Brown, Reporter
  • Emily Sweeney, Reporter

College – News: General Assignment – Light News ***TWO RECIPIENTS***

A Custodian’s Love – Iowa State University

  • Josh Lamberty, Reporter

Twin Cities Honor Flight – UTVS – St. Cloud State University

  • Tony Langfellow, Reporter

College – Arts & Entertainment/Cultural Affairs 

Backstage Pass with Lumasi- TommieMedia- University of St. Thomas

  • Mackenzie Bailey, Studio Producer
  • Taylor Shupe, Host

College – Music Video

Rings of Saturn – Loras College

  • Colton Bachar, Producer/Photographer/Editor
  • Jill Specht, Advisor

College – Short Form: Fiction

A Love Affair (In Brief) – Loras College

  • Amber Krieg, Co-writer/co-Producer
  • Caroline Breitbach, Co-writer/co-Producer

College – Short Form: Non-Fiction

College Life – Augsburg University

  • Darton Weaver, Director/Writer

College – Long Form: Fiction

FLAVA – University of Northern Iowa

  • Tarrell Christie, Director

College – Long Form: Non-Fiction

Bayt Jadeed: Seeking Home Extending the link/College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

  • Mackenzie Kuhl, Producer/Director
  • Danica Simonet, Producer/Director
  • Michael Klonowski, Videographer/Editor
  • Ryan Revoir, Videographer/Editor
  • Abigail Rader, Director 
  • Charlotte Frisk, Director 
  • Samuel Black, Director 
  • Paul Marsnik, Faculty Advisor
  • Ethan Wittrock, Production Advisor

College – Sports 

Esports Tournament- Campus News – Minnesota State University – Moorhead

  • Tanner Robinson, Reporter

College – Sports – Program

Crunch Time Season 6/Episode 9 Husky Productions – St. Cloud State University

  • Austin Schindler, Producer
  • Leif Ender, Producer
  • Nathan Daggett, Producer
  • Joey Erickson, Panelist
  • Nik Speliopoulos, Panelist
  • Max Steigauf, Panelist

College – Sports – Live Event

St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey vs. Omaha Husky Productions – St. Cloud State University

  • Chris Person, Producer
  • Joey Erickson, Associate Producer
  • Paige Jaeger, Director

College – Public Service (PSAs)

KYOT-TV Vaping Hospital PSA University of South Dakota

  • Todd Mechling, Advisor

College – Public Affairs/Community Service

A Crisis at Home: Opioid Addiction in the Twin Ports University of Wisconsin – Superior

  • Amanda Ambrose, Producer/Director/Editor
  • Brent Notbhom, Advisor

College – Magazine

The Culture Season 2 Episode 8 – UTVS – St. Cloud State University

  • Jancilyn Huff, Producer
  • Justice Jenkins, Producer
  • Soufiana Kaba, Talent
  • Araya Smith, Talent
  • Akiyra Torrance, Talent

College – Commercial

LabStrong Rapids Water Purification System – Loras College

  • Ben Friedman, Producer/Editor

College – Animation/Graphics/Special Effects **Two Recipients**

Ink – Drake University

  • Anna Steenson, Animator/Writer/Score Composer

Maid v Frog- Hennepin Technical College

  • Adam Beech, Director

College – Director

Paige Jaeger  Husky Productions – St. Cloud State University

College – Editor

Andrew Legatt Composite UTVS – St. Cloud State University

College – Photographer

Notes from the Road Loras College

  • Seth Kilburg, Photographer/Editor

College – Talent

Kirsten Krull Composite UTVS – St. Cloud State University

College – Video Essay 

H.G. Leathers House Hennepin Technical College

  • Ian Glendenning, Photojournalist/Editor

College – Writing

Tanner Robinson Composite Campus News – Minnesota State University – Moorhead



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