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2019 Student AV All Star Honorees

THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES – UPPER MIDWEST FOUNDATION will recognize students who are an incredible technical asset to the overall success of a school or non-profit educational student video media program.

Educators could nominate a student from their school or organization’s media program. Students can be Juniors or Seniors and should be behind-the-scenes production personnel.

Recipients will be honored with certificates of recognition at the 2019 Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation Student Production Awards on Friday April 12th at the Crowne Plaza AiRE MSP Airport/Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

2019 Student AV All Star Honorees

Kaitlynn Seeley – WCTV Webster City High School (Iowa)

Kaitlynn Seeley – WCTV Webster City High School (Iowa): Kaitlynn is one of the few students to be involved in WCTV all four years of high school. Kaitlynn started out as a reporter and anchor her freshman year. As a sophomore Kaitlynn became part of the WCTV technical staff. As a techie she learned all the control room functions to prepare for and produce the weekly show. Due to a smaller class size that year Kaitlynn also continued to do anchor and reporter work. Kaitlynn’s junior year saw her selected as the WCTV Season 19 Student Director. Kaitlynn was responsible for managing the student staff and the programs weekly production schedule. In her senior year Kaitlynn was selected to be the WCTV Season 20 Technical Director. Kaitlynn is in charge of all technical aspects of the shows preparation and production. 

This year was the 20th anniversary of WCTV. Kaitlynn took the lead and organized a reunion party. Kaitlynn also switched a live, on location, episode of WCTV at the annual ITEC conference. Kaitlynn’s people skills, time management, and knowledge draws people to want to work with her. While Kaitlynn is normally the leader of the group, she is also a great team player. Kaitlynn leads by example and produces high quality work, consistently and on time. Kaitlynn is always ready to help out her staff whenever and whatever they need.

Salah Mohamed – Thomas Edison High School (Minneapolis, MN)

Salah Mohamed– Thomas Edison High School (Minneapolis, MN):Salah is a natural story teller and has enhanced his own abilities through his learned technical knowledge. He quickly grasped the techniques of filming, sound, lighting, and editing. He frequently identifies a missing component and has on multiple occasions written, recorded a voice over, and edited corresponding visuals to enhance the story. Below are a couple examples of Salah leading the class in finalizing a project. Each Friday we produce a “Feature” that is a collection of stories united by a common theme. In early November, we did a feature on “Elections”. The independent stories were well done and informative, but lacked continuity. Salah noticed this during the initial airing and in a single day created a beautiful 40 second introduction that perfectly set up each of the election day stories. On another Friday we featured “Mental Health Resources” at school. The episode was somber and serious. Upon viewing the initial draft Salah persuaded the class to include an alternate ending that included national numbers for suicide awareness. He personally got on camera and spoke to the sensitivity of the episode and made the necessary final edits. 

Salah is ALWAYS conscious of our own bias in our productions. He is a continual reminder to his classmates and myself that our stories must include multiple perspectives and student voices. In doing so he has ensured that we have covered stories on all the student clubs, the arts, boys’ and girls’ athletics, the cafeteria staff, new teachers, counseling resources, and freshman experiences. Our coverage is broader and more intentional thanks to Salah and his leadership.