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2018 Classroom Grant Recipient!

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation is presenting Classroom Grants to help make students’ academic achievement dreams come true.  The purpose of classroom grants is to enhance the learning experience of media students in our chapter region’s high schools and/or 501(c)(3) educational organizations by acquiring and distributing resources related to video production, television, and/or broadcast journalism.

Since 2017, the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation has provided 3 grants totaling more than $5,000 to local schools for media equipment in their classrooms.


The following school will be recognized at the 2018 Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation Student Production Awards on Friday April 13th at the Crowne Plaza AiRE MSP Airport/Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

Devils Lake High School (ND)


(Grant for hand-held cameras)

Devils Lake is a small rural high school in North Dakota with about 500 students. TV productions class began in 1997-1998. DLHS was the first ND high school to broadcast live and taped programming from the class on local cable TV!  The school has its own channel called Firebird Vision 472. Close to 50% of the student body qualifies for free and reduced lunch.   DLHS has a high poverty statistic at the school. The school also has 34% of its students who are Native American.

Lara Prozinski teaches the TV production Classes. “Many students with special needs choose to take TV productions because if they don’t feel comfortable writing or reading on camera, they can do many things behind the scenes such as cameras, producing, editing, etc.”

The school recently upgraded its studio cameras. With this grant for getting new handheld video cameras, students will be able to achieve the goals of the class- Language Arts and Technology ND State Standards and Benchmarks

“I want to see this program continue to grow and grow and to utilize new, state of the art equipment to best prepare them for the workforce by having marketable skills,” Prozinki said.

The goals of the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation grant program:

  • To provide financial grants to Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation area high schools and/or 501(c)(3) educational organizations seeking to make significant changes in how teachers teach and students learn in the areas of video production, television, and/or broadcast journalism.
  • Fund media projects that are student-focused and positively affect student learning.

For more information on the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation grants, contact our office at or call 952-381-7494