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2020 High School Student Production Award Nominees

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

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The 2020 High School Student ProductionAward Nominees are… (Nominations are listed in alphabetical order according to entry title)

High School – Newscast

EaglEye #185 – Apple Valley High School

  • Sara Abourjeily, Anchor/Producer
  • Gabriel Peña, Anchor/Producer
  • Cliff Dodge, Advisor
  • Andrew McCluskey, Advisor

EaglEye #18 – Apple Valley High School

  • Gabriel Peña, Anchor/Producer
  • Faith Johnson, Anchor/Producer
  • Cliff Dodge, Advisor
  • Andrew McCluskey, Advisor

The 10.03.19 Show – The Flash- Eastview High School

  • Faris Ahmed, Host
  • Mason Enderlein, Host
  • Nick Fornicoia, Advisor

The Holiday Show The Flash- Eastview High School

  • Max Gouette, Host
  • Kevin Gonzalez, Host
  • Nick Fornicoia, Advisor

WCTV Season 21 Episode 544Webster City High School

  • Dylan Bergantzel, Student Director
  • Emma Stroner, Student Director
  • Jacob Lahr, Technical Director
  • WCTV Staff, Staff
  • Mark Murphy, Advisor
  • Stephanie Pace, Advisor

High School – News: General Assignment – Serious News

Budget Cuts VNN – Pelican Rapids High School

  • Kirby Nelson, Photographer
  • Colm Fitzsimmons, Reporter

Jordan Bolton- One of Ours – Eagleye- Apple Valley High School

  • Hunter Bertram, Talent
  • Jarett Huard,  Videographer

Marathon Stars The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Elise Wiegele, Videographer
  • Jack Singer, Reporter

Playing with a Purpose The Flash – Eastview High School

  • JakeBrockman, Reporter
  • IanCarroll, Videographer

Teen Mother The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Olivia Cuoco, Reporter

High School – News: General Assignment – Light News

iPad Possibilities Eagleye – Apple Valley High School

  • Hunter Bertram, Talent
  • Drew Carruth, Camera

Missing Dog The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Erik Speegle, Reporter
  • Max Gouette, Editor

Phone PolicyThe Flash – Eastview High School

  • TiffanyKaldahl, Reporter

Trades OpportunitiesEagleye – Apple Valley High School

  • Jarett Huard, Videographer/Talent/Editor
  • Mohamed Hussein- 2nd Camera

Valentine’s Day Raider Nation News – Lake Park Audubon High School

  • Taylor Endres, Talent
  • Elise Grabinger, Director
  • MacKenzie Ehlers, Photographer

High School – Arts & Entertainment/Cultural Affairs 

Art of Expression: Hair Eagleye – Apple Valley High School

  • Faith Johnson, Talent
  • Gabriel Peña, Videographer/Editor

Cinco de Mayo Parade The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Olivia Cuoco, Reporter
  • Jill Lamkins, Videographer

Culture Blocked Ankeny High School

  • Autumn Cadoree, Reporter

Interfaith Dialouge The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Iqra Ismail – Reporter

Singing for Those In Need The Flash- Eastview High School

  • Jack Singer, Reporter

High School – Music Video

2k19 Homecoming Thomas Edison High School – Minneapolis Public Schools

  • Demitri Redd, Writer/Performer
  • Omar Hatcher, Writer/Performer
  • Tyrell Nalls, Photographer
  • Sumaya Jama, Photographer
  • Ramel Hill, Photographer
  • Maimun Rufai, Editor
  • Liam Collopy, Editor
  • Anders VeVang, Editor
  • David Salzer, Classroom Teacher

Break my heart Young Filmmaker’s Club- Eden Prairie High School

  • Sophia Sailer, Director
  • Ian Brown, Musician
  • Reagan Sissel, Actress
  • Josie Morss, Actress
  • Aria Miles, Actress

Leave it to the Northside Minneapolis North High School

  • Kelan Holcomb, Lyricist
  • Jacob Butler, Director/Cinemotgrapher
  • Maresha Green, Director/Cinemtographer
  • Jasiona White, Singer/Songwriter/Dancer
  • Demetria Jones, Singer/Songwriter
  • Monaea Upton, Singer/Dancer
  • Nijionna Montjoy, Dancer
  • Shamaia Ross-Hawkins, Dancer
  • Khadija Ba, Singer/Dancer
  • Samuel Wilbur, Teacher

Primrose Lake Park Audubon High School

  • Elise Grabinger, Talent
  • Kevin Bjorgan, Editor
  • Stacey Minion, Advisor

High School Short Form:  Fiction

Car Review Lake Park Audubon High School

  • Gavan Mikkelson, Talent
  • Brendan Erickson, Editor
  • Jack Mattson, Talent
  • Stacey Minion, Advisor

On the SceneLake Park Audubon High School

  • Andrew Softing, Director
  • Carter Anderson, Talent
  • Colby Hesby, Talent
  • Stacey Minion, Advisor

Our WarSaint Thomas Academy

  • Pawel Williams, Producer/Director
  • Stephanie Heidorn, Advisor

High School – Short Form: Non-Fiction

Addiction Adversity The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Abby Lindgren, Reporter

Home Bemidji High School

  • Gavin Kestner, Videographer/Editor
  • Westin Gourneau, Actor/Editor

Kindergartner for a Day VNN- Pelican Rapids High School

  • Kirby Nelson, Reporter
  • Colm Fitzsimmons, Photographer

Paws: A Dogumentary Saint Thomas Academy

  • Joseph Zak, Producer

Positivity The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Sydney Lacher, Reporter

Senior Spotlight Lake Park Audubon High School

  • Justin How, Director/Editor

Tennis Superstar The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Hailey Rohlwing, Reporter

High School – Long Form: Fiction

Family First Saint Thomas Academy

  • Nicholas Tucci, Producer
  • Stephanie Heidorn, Advisor

High School – Sports

Brotherhood On The Ice Bemidji High School

  • Susie Ritter, Videographer/Editor

Coaches Corner Lake Park Audubon High School

  • Justin How, Photographer
  • MacKenzie Ehlers, Editor

College Gameday The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Hailey Rohlwig, Reporter
  • Parker Hagebock, Videographer

High School Sports Program (No entries submitted)

High School – Sports – Live Event

Boys’ Hockey: Jefferson at Kennedy  BEC-TV- Bloomington Educational Cable Television

  • Jack Click, Replays/Camera
  • Andrew Grund, Graphics/Camera
  • Max Manwarren, Graphics/Camera
  • Zach Vacura, Student Producer/Director
  • Ben Cannavo, Director/Camera
  • Tom Ringdal, Advisor
  • Paul Fourniea, Staff Advisor

Football: Providence Academy at KennedyBEC-TV- Bloomington Educational Cable Television

  • Joe Wiklund, Student Producer/Director
  • Zach Vacura, Director/Camera
  • Max Manwarren, Graphics/Camera
  • Lucas Krieg, Replays/Audio
  • Jeremy Lee, Replays/Camera
  • Vladislav Budiak, Audio/Camera
  • Tom Ringdal, Advisor

Oskaloosa Basketball vs Norwalk Oskaloosa High School

  • Katelyn Sirovy, Producer/Director
  • Camden Silvers, Technical Director
  • Selyna Lockard, Technical Director/Camera Operator
  • Caleb Edwards, Camera Operator
  • Stephen Goodwin, Camera Operator
  • Coy Snakenberg, PTZ Camera operator
  • Kale Hoover, Camera Operator
  • Mason Ford, PTZ camera operator
  • Maximum Orduna, PTZ Camera Operator
  • Tyler Hirl, Camera Operator
  • Kim Gile, Advisor

Webster City vs Ballard Wrestling WCTV- Webster City High School

  • Emma Stroner, Student Director
  • Sarah Lindstrom, Camera Operator
  • Gabe Tague, Camera Operator
  • Dylan Bergantzel, Sound Board Operator
  • Jacob Lahr, Replay Operator
  • Lucas Yoder, Camera Operator
  • Henry Ambrose, Play by Play Announcer
  • Mark Murphy, Advisor
  • Stephanie Pace, Advisor

High School – Public Service (PSAs)

Antibiotic Resistence The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Kevin Gonzalez, Talent

Bullying – PSA Lake Park Audubon High School

  • Sienna Baratono, Editor
  • Elise Grabinger, Talent
  • Allison Rohweller, Talent
  • Stacey Minion, Advisor

Distracted DrivingMinnetonka High School

  • Hanna Baskin, Director
  • Katie Rohling, Interviewer
  • Drew Sigel, Film
  • Bryce Rega, Editor

Drinking and Driving PSAMinnetonka High School

  • Jonathan Presson, Director/Editor
  • Cole Komisar, Lead Actor
  • Anna Knutson, Set Production Assistant
  • Chrissy Hansen, Writer

Driving BlindfoldedEagleye- Apple Valley High School

  • Aaron Sesay, Producer/Editor
  • Jirah Bautista, Actor
  • Carter Ehlers, Actor/Editor
  • Seth Johnson, Lights/Grip
  • Joanna Santiago, Writer/Editor
  • Cliff Dodge, Advisor

Gun SafetyMinnetonka High School

  • Andrew Hicks, Producer
  • Fletcher Anderson, Editor
  • Joe Sorenson, Cinematographer
  • Jackson Sinykin, Director

Speak Up. Reach Out.Saint Thomas Academy

  • Joseph Zak, Producer

High School – Public Affairs/Community Service

DigiGirlz Eagleye- Apple Valley High School

  • Oscar Nieto, Camera/Editor
  • Airyona Deherrera, Camera/Editor
  • Julia Congdon, Camera
  • Jinelly Dominguez-Rodriguez, Talent

The Dangers of Vaping The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Max Gouette, Reporter

Venmo Scams The Flash – Eastview High School

  • Parker Hagebock, Reporter
  • Mason Enderlein, Videographer

Youth Climate Change The Flash- Eastview High School

  • Iqra Ismail, Reporter
  • Kyle Hoang, Producer/Videographer

High School – Magazine

EaglEye #179 – Apple Valley High School

  • Sara Abourjeily, Anchor/Producer
  • Gabriel Peña, Anchor/Producer
  • Rapheall Davis, Anchor/Producer
  • Andrew McCluskey, Advisor
  • Cliff Dodge, Advisor

EaglEye #184 – Apple Valley High School

  • Mohamed Hussein, Anchor/Producer
  • Jarett Huard, Anchor/Producer
  • Cliff Dodge, Advisor
  • Andrew McCluskey, Advisor

VNN April 2019 – Pelican Rapids High School

  • Zane Broszowske,Anchor
  • Mackenzie Thornton,Anchor
  • Katlyn Haugrud,Photographer
  • Tucker Maus, Reporter
  • Crystal Diaz, Camera Operator
  • Melissa Salazar, Teleprompter
  • Spencer Okke, Photographer
  • Noah Ballard, Reporter
  • Kathryn Anderson, Advisor

VNN Nov 2019 – Pelican Rapids High School

  • Ibrahim Ali, Photographer
  • Moira Fitzsimmons, Reporter
  • Autumn Gummringer, Telepromter
  • Adam Hoover, Camera Operator
  • Ellie Johnson, Reporter
  • David Johnston, Reporter
  • Jared Kekaha, Photographer
  • Anna Kunz, Reporter
  • Alex Motz, Photographer
  • Ivy Ott, Photographer
  • Emma Seter, Photographer
  • Kathryn Anderson, Advisor

High School – Commercial

Ashery Lane Farm Minnetonka High School

  • Katie Rohling, Research Coordinator
  • Drew Sigel, Editor
  • Christina Hansen, Communications Lead
  • Cole Komisar, Filmer/Editor
  • Michelle Senescall, Project Manager

Be A Boarder CommercialMinnetonka High School

  • Jonathan Presson, Director/Editor
  • Jackson Sinykin, Research Coordinator
  • Charlie Hemer, Creative Lead
  • Nick Roberts, Communications Lead

Snapology Commercial Minnetonka High School

  • Jeff Gerczak, Editor
  • Sadiq Osman, Cinematogropher
  • Drew Hicks, Research
  • Kyle Woese, Communications

High School – Animation/Graphics/Special Effects

Star Wars The Flash- Eastview High School

  • Parker Hagebock, Animator
  • Jack Singer, Editor

High School Director (No Entries Submitted)

High School – Editor

Jarett HuardEagleye- Apple Valley High School

High School – Photographer

Jarett Huard Eagleye- Apple Valley High School

High School – Talent

Gabriel Peña Eagleye- Apple Valley High School

Hunter BertramEagleye- Apple Valley High School

Sara AbourjeilyEagleye- Apple Valley High School

High School – Video Essay (Single Camera Only)

A Runner’s Tale The Flash- Eastview High School

  • Brady Schlaefer, Reporter

Light ShowThe Flash- Eastview High School

  • Evan Burns, Reporter

What is Love? The Flash – /Eastview High School

  • Emma Rae, Reporter

High School – Writing

Hannah Robinson Eagleye- Apple Valley High School