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2020 College Student Production Award Nominees

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Foundation is proud to announce its College/University nominees for the 2020 Upper Midwest Regional Student Production Awards!

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The 2020 College Student Production Award Nominees are… (Nominations are listed in alphabetical order according to entry title)

College – Newscast

Cedar Valley Today 2019 April 4 Wartburg College

  • Taylor Webb, Executive Producer
  • Nathan Stephany, Director
  • Ryan Reebenacker, Producer
  • Ronald Johnson, Faculty Advisor

Coyote News TV Newscast 10-30-19 University of South Dakota

  • Cooper Seamer, Newscast Producer
  • Todd Mechling, Advisor
  • Michelle Van Maanen, Advisor

LCTV News Loras College

  • LCTV News & Production Crew
  • Jill Specht, Advisor

UTVS News St. Cloud State University

  • Summer Welch, Producer
  • Sydney Wolf, Anchor
  • Mitchell Barnhart, Producer
  • Alex Cotter, Anchor
  • Paige Jaeger,Director
  • Leif Ender, Sports Anchor
  • Bobby Poynter, Meteorologist

College – News:  General Assignment – Serious News

Break-ins on Lydia Ave University of Northwestern – St. Paul

  • Scott Krueger, Reporter/Photographer/Editor

Feed My Starving Children Campus News – Minnesota State University – Moorhead

  • Tanner Robinson, Reporter

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

  • Noah Brown, Reporter
  • Emily Sweeney, Reporter

Sandbag Central 2019 Campus News – Minnesota State University – Moorhead

  • Anthony Fridgen, Reporter

College – News: General Assignment – Light News

A Custodian’s Love Iowa State University

  • Josh Lamberty, Reporter

Anton’s Restaurant is Back Open UTVS – St. Cloud State University

  • Spencer Schacht, Reporter

Concordia Quidditch ClubCampus News- Minnesota State University – Moorhead

  • Tanner Robinson, Reporter

Filipino Students Celebrate Culture Through Dance Drake University

  • Tina Intarapanont, Writer/Producer/Videographer

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

Ice Percussion Campus News – Minnesota State University – Moorhead

  • Anthony Fridgen, Reporter/Photographer
  • Alyssa Goelzer, Photographer

College – Music Video

It’s a StartJohnnie Bennie Media- College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

  • Emily Booth, Producer
  • Myah Christenson, Producer
  • John Nguyen, Producer
  • Cameron Swanson, Artist/Actor
  • Alexis Marthaler, Actor
  • Michael Pineda, Videographer
  • Nathan Barrett, Videographer
  • Jayne Heitner, Videographer
  • Reibel Ramirez, Videographer
  • Aaron Utke, Mentor
  • Joshua Akkerman, Mentor
  • Ethan Wittrock, Advisor

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

Are You Jake Porter Knight Vision Films – Wartburg College

  • William Wallace, Director
  • Taylor Webb, Producer
  • Max Weber, Actor
  • Megan Malaski,Actor
  • Matthew Ohl, Assistant Director
  • Anh Le, Cinematographer
  • Ronald Johnson, Faculty Advisor

The Control RoomSt. Cloud State University

  • Riley Buck, Producer
  • Connie Knipe, Producer
  • Tony Langfellow, Producer

College – Short Form: Non-Fiction

College LifeAugsburg University

  • Darton Weaver, Director/Writer

Road to Recovery: Elaina’s Journey Through Mental Health St. Cloud State University

  • Elaina Fourniea, Producer
  • Connie Knipe, Producer

Severt’s WoodsCentral Lakes College

  • John Grogan, Videographer
  • Stormy Ebel, Reporter
  • Richard Hartung, Videographer
  • Blake Tunnell,Videographer
  • Kiernan McFadden, Producer
  • Gunnar Olson, Editor

St. Thomas community demands climate actionTommieMedia- University of St. Thomas

  • Drew Bouman, Videographer
  • Emily Haugen, Reporter
  • Jack Stanek, Videographer

Tupa: Priest and PainterJohnnie Bennie Media- College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

  • Nathan Barrett, Producer/Director
  • Michael Pineda, Videographer
  • Alexander Huerta, Videographer/Audio
  • Aaron Utke, Mentor
  • Ethan Wittrock, Advisor

College – Long Form: Fiction

Curling for PresidentCentral Lakes College

  • Stormy Ebel, Videographer/Producer
  • Kiernan McFadden, Writer/director
  • Richard Hartung, Videographer/Producer
  • Blake Tunnell, Videographer/Lighting Director
  • John Grogan, Editor
  • Gunnar Olson, Videographer/Producer

EstherLoras College

  • Sarah Mueller, Writer/Producer/Director/Editor

FLAVA University of Northern Iowa

  • Tarrell Christie, Director

TEMP Pilot EpisodeUniversity of Minnesota – Twin Cities

  • Abdirahman Mohamed, Director/Writer
  • Nicholas Barikmo, Writer

The Barn Knight Vision Films – Wartburg College

  • Rose Schroeder,Actor
  • Ryley Seymour, Producer
  • Taylor Webb, Director
  • Matthew Ohl, Cinematographer
  • Courtney Stucker, Actor
  • Ronald Johnson, Faculty Advisor

WhistleblowerUniversity of Minnesota – Twin Cities

  • Mitchell Baubonis, Director/Editor/DP
  • Jack Dannecker,Producer/DP
  • Dawn Klotzbach, Faculty Advisor

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

Grant PriceKnight Vision Films – Wartburg College

  • Ian Coon, Documentary Team Member
  • Madison Bloker, Documentary Team Member
  • Kathryn Kries, Documentary Team Member
  • Jonathan Mohwinkle, Documentary Team Member
  • Robert Newell, Documentary Team Member
  • Anh Le, Documentary Team Member
  • Ronald Johnson, Faculty Advisor

Joy’s JourneyCentral Lakes College

  • Garett Christopherson, Producer/Director
  • Mark Ambroz, Instructor

Karina’s Adoption Story  – University of St. Thomas

  • Maggie Martin, Creator
  • Peter Gregg, Advisor

Not So FragileKnight Vision Films – Wartburg College

  • Amber Rottinghaus, Documentary Team Member
  • Alexis Bodzioch, Documentary Team Member
  • Krystal Johnson, Documentary Team Member
  • Irnea Muhovic, Documentary Team Member
  • Savannah Nichols, Documentary Team Member
  • Alisha Ungs, Documentary Team Member
  • Ronald Johnson, Faculty Advisor

Powwow on the Plains Campus News- Minnesota State University – Moorhead

  • Branson Reasor, Producer
  • Zac Hoffner, Producer

College – Sports 

Esports TournamentCampus News- Minnesota State University – Moorhead

  • Tanner Robinson, Reporter

Fall 2019 Blugold Sports Previews TV-10- University Of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

  • Evan Hong, Sports Reporter
  • Bryant Rahm, Sports Reporter
  • Alex Moldenhauer, Sports Reporter
  • Ben Petersen, Sports Reporter

Herb Brooks StatueUTVS- St. Cloud State University

  • Kirsten Krull, 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

Husky Mag – Top 50 Husky Productions-St. Cloud State University

  • Sam Goetzinger, Producer
  • Parker Kayser, Producer
  • Joe Scarrella, Talent
  • Alexis Pearson, Talent
  • Greg Spaeth, Director
  • Ryan Smith, Technical Director
  • Joey Erickson, Audio
  • Sydney Wolf, Camera
  • Ernie Cottier, Video

Knight Vision SportsWartburg College

  • Ryan Reebenacker, Co-Producer/Anchor
  • Annika Wall, Co-Producer/Anchor
  • Ronald Johnson, Faculty Advisor

SportsZONELCTV- Loras College

  • SportsZONE Staff & studio production crew
  • Jill Specht, Advisor

The Locker Room with men’s basketball – Dec. 5/2019TommieMedia- University of St. Thomas

  • Carly Noble, Host
  • Kate Nechanicky, Producer
  • Peter Gregg, Advisor
  • Greg Vandegrift, Advisor

College – Sports – Live Event

Bluegold Football vs. UW-StoutTV-10- University Of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

  • Evan Hong, Commentator
  • Ben Petersen, Commentator
  • Michaela Beal, Production Director
  • Abby Randall, Graphics
  • Alex Moldenhauer, Sports Content Director
  • Demi Cimiaskaite, Sideline Reporter

Wartburg vs Dubuque FootballKight Vision Sports – Wartburg College

  • Peyton Meisner, Announcer
  • Ryan Reebenacker, Announcer
  • Ronald Johnson, Faculty Advisor

Loras Football vs. Simpson LCTV- Loras College

  • LCTVLive Sports & Production Crew

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

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

William Penn Football vs Peru StateWilliam Penn University

  • Jared Buckallew, Producer/Director
  • Austin Spencer,Technical Director/Replay Operator
  • Arthur Luz, Technical Director
  • Anthony Chavez, Replay Operator/Audio
  • AJ Helgeson, Announcer
  • Seth Crook, Announcer
  • Matthew Hecht, Camera Operator
  • Alex Perreira, Camera Operator
  • Jacob McKinsey, Camera Opertor
  • Selyna Lockard, Camera Operator
  • Destiny Rottman, Camera Operator
  • Douglas Hoskins, Faculty Advisor

College – Public Service (PSAs)

KYOT-TV Vaping Hospital PSAUniversity of South Dakota

  • Todd Mechling, Advisor

PSA Dirty WindshieldCentury College

  • Alex Huot, Director/Camera Operator
  • Jimmy Yang, Producer/Editor
  • Charlie Mains, Camera Operator

PSA Put Down the Phone Century College

  • Grant Newkirk, Director/Editor/Producer
  • Teddy Cruz, Camera Operator/Co-Producer
  • Michael Herzog, Foley Artist

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

Trans Community in Sports Panther News – University of Northern Iowa

  • Alan Moore, Co-director
  • Kelsi DeBrower, Co-director

Women’s Wrestling: A New Generation Panther News – University Of Northern Iowa

  • Alyshia Dobson, Co-Director
  • Megan Studer, Co-Director
  • Ellie Taylor, Co-Director

College – Magazine

Entertainment 30 Season 2 Episode 6UTVS – St. Cloud State University

  • Kenny Johnson, Producer
  • Maya Brown, Producer

Challenging Gender Norms in SportsPanther News – University Of Northern Iowa

  • Kelsi DeBrower, Co-Producer
  • Alyshia Dobson, Co-Producer
  • Nick Hoppel, Co-Producer
  • Brandon Haraldson, Co-Producer
  • Tristan Gingerich, Co-Producer
  • David Gleason, Co-Producer
  • Alan Moore, Co-Producer
  • Jacob Ruth, Co-Producer
  • Megan Studer, Co-Producer
  • Ellie Taylor, Co-Producer
  • Kwan Williams, Co-Producer
  • Cameron Wolff, Co-Producer
  • Caleb Herman, Co-Producer

The Culture Season 2 Episode 8UTVS – 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 SystemLoras College

  • Ben Friedman, Producer/Editor

Magician Hockey  – Feel the Magic – University of St. Thomas

  • Joey Skare, Producer/Director/Videographer/Editor

The Sports CaveMystic Media – Bismarck State College

  • Justine Smith, Writer/Producer
  • Petra Davidson, Editor/Voice/Producer
  • Levi Holzer, Videographer/Producer
  • Dusty Anderson, Advisor

College – Animation/Graphics/Special Effects

Bedlam GalacticHennepin Technical College

  • Riley Cominetti, Animator

Christopher Person Composite UTVS – St. Cloud State University

  • Christopher Person, Graphic Designer

inkDrake University

  • Anna Steenson, Animator/Writer/Score Composer

Maid v FrogHennepin Technical College

  • Adam Beech, Director

College – Director

Paige Jaeger Husky Productions-St. Cloud State University

College – Editor

Andrew Legatt CompositeUTVS – St. Cloud State University

The Dingers Central Lakes College

  • Gunnar Olson, Editor

College – Photographer

Jack Anderson Composite Campus News – Minnesota State University – Moorhead

Notes from the RoadLoras College

  • Seth Kilburg, Photographer/Editor

College – Talent

Kirsten Krull CompositeUTVS – St. Cloud State University

Nik Speliopoulos Composite  UTVS – St. Cloud State University

Noah Cote’ CompositeUTVS – St. Cloud State University

Tony Langfellow CompositeUTVS – St. Cloud State University

College – Video Essay (Single Camera Only)

Crescent Grange Hall Hennepin Technical College

  • Harrison Marchio, Photojournalist/Editor

H.G. Leathers HouseHennepin Technical College

  • Ian Glendenning, Photojournalist/Editor

Woodbury HouseHennepin Technical College

  • Dallas Gibson, Photojournalist/Editor

College – Writing

Tanner Robinson Composite Campus News- Minnesota State University – Moorhead