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2018 National NATAS Student Nominees

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York is proud to announce its nominees for the 2018 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.

This year’s submissions were successfully culled from a record breaking total of over 2000 entries from the regional chapters of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Entries were judged by selected industry professionals and media academics.

2018 NATAS National Student Production Nominees (Official News Release with Full List)

The NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation is proud to have FIVE (5) nominees in this national competition. Here are your 2018 NATAS National High School Student Production Award nominees representing the NATAS – Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation.


The Unsharpened Axe, Bemidji High School

  • Jarrett Hastig
  • Brian Hammitt, Advisor


Good Times Park , Lakeville South High School

  • Nate O’Meara
  • Tyler Krebs and Jim Cecil, Advisors


Micah Nelson Composite, Apple Valley High School

  • Micah Nelson
  • Cliff Dodge and Drew McCluskey, Advisors


Alex Ingalls Composite, Lakeville South High School

  • Alex Ingalls
  • Tyler Krebs, Jim Cecil and Derek Otten, Advisors


Marie Pena Composite, Apple Valley High School

  • Marie Pena
  • Cliff Dodge and Drew McCluskey, Advisors

Tom Bergeron to Host October 18th Award Presentation at Emerson College in Los Angeles, CA

The awards presentation will be live-streamed from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College on Tuesday, October 18th at noon, PDT and will be hosted by Tom Bergeron, host of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The presentation will be live-streamed at the following locations:

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“The evolution of television, exhibited by the great work of these outstanding student productions, is in the good hands of these diverse and talented students who will become the leaders and innovators of our industry in the 21stcentury,” said Adam Sharp, Interim-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.”

Recipients will be announced beginning at noon PDT October 18, 2018 via a live web stream produced by NATAS Senior VP of Daytime EMMY® Awards, David Michaels, Education Chair, Danielle Mannion and David Parks, Ignition Entertainment. NATAS would like to thank and acknowledge Emerson College ( for its facility and participation in making these awards possible.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of over 16,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive 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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