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2017 NATAS National High School SPA Nominees

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York is proud to announce its nominees for the 2017 National High School Student Production Awards!

The NATAS National High School Student Production Awards recognize outstanding achievement in video production. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences promotes excellence by showcasing work created by high school students in news, craft and programming categories.

Over 200 young professionals, culled from 19 regional chapters of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, were successfully narrowed down from a record breaking 1,500 entries, by judges selected from industry professionals to university professors, to advance to the national competition.

High school winners have gone on to participate in academy events, while many participating students have even secured work in the highly competitive industry of entertainment production, shortly after graduation. In fact, many are now professional Emmy® Award recipients.

2017 NATAS National High School Student Production Award Nominees (Full list)

The NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation is proud to have SEVEN (7) nominees in this national competition. Here are your 2017 NATAS National High School Student Production Award nominees representing the NATAS – Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation.

Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs

Dominican Republic Mission Trip, Burnsville High School 

  • Scott Tinkham
  • Tyler Krebs, Advisor

Short Form – Non-Fiction

The Luc Show, Bemidji High School

  • Luc Berard
  • Bryan Hammitt, Advisor

Long Form – Non-Fiction

Jerrad, Burnsville High School

  • Scott Tinkham, Jerrad Solberg
  • Tyler Krebs, Advisor


Bemidji Boys Basketball 2016-2017, Bemidji High School 

  • Cody Roder, Jace Peterson, Nick Harrom
  • Bryan Hammitt, Advisor

Sports-Live Event

Webster City vs Humboldt Wrestling, Webster City High School

  • Erin Bahrenfuss, Tyler Geopfert, Luke Bergeson, John Brandt, Jacob Nilles, Jacqueline Faust
  • Mark Murphy, Advisor

Public Affairs/Community Service

Identity Project, Lake Park Audubon High School

  • Tatum Polman, Alisha Ware
  • Laureen Svobodny, Kathryn Anderson, Advisor

Animation/Graphics/Special Effects

I’m Happy, CTV North Suburbs 

  • Jim Belden, Elli Bernhagen, Eric Bernhagen, Amelie Elmquist, Arthur Larson-Burda, Alaina Sandau, Martin Wilkens
  • Jordan Lee Thompson, Sarah Olander, Advisor
The NATAS national Student Production Awards presentation will be live-streamed from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College on Tuesday, October 3rd at noon, PDT and will be hosted by television personality, Tom Bergeron, star and host of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Viewing of the presentation can be seen at the following: 
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“The future of television is being passed on to these outstanding students who will one day become the leaders of innovation and programming for our industry in the 21st century,” said Bob Mauro, President & CEO, NATAS.
“The breadth and scope of the work created by these talented students continues to surprise and amaze us as we look to the future of this great industry,” said, NATAS Education Chair, Danielle Mannion.  “We are very grateful to the hundreds of industry professionals who judged and critiqued these exceptional student productions and look forward to an exciting event hosted by Tom Bergeron at Emerson College’s west coast campus.”

Categories and nominees will be announced with pre-recorded messages from television personalities from across the industry prior to the announcement of honorees by Tom Bergeron. The honorees will receive a NATAS certificate and a crystal pillar award, emblazoned with the world famous EMMY® logo for their school.

nsive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at

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