Sterling students win top honors

New Jersey students were among the top winners during the Mid Atlantic High School Student Awards for Excellence sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Science (NATAS) and Drexel University.

Students from  Sterling High School won three awards, including a cash scholarship for the top PSA.

This year two students tied for the Young Producer Award, which came with a $1500 scholarship.  Lexi Fiore from New Jersey’s Sterling High School and Austin Gassert from Pennsylvania’s Cedar Crest High School both won for their Public Service Announcements. The Trently Prize for best newscast went to Western PA School for the Deaf. 

John Gorcynski won in the Long Form-Fiction category and David Heckman accepted the Sports-Live Event honors on behalf of a team of students who produced a live basketball game. This was the first year that Sterling participated in this yearly event.

Drexel also hosted an educational day offering workshops on camera and dolly, color lab, on air, and editing. Professionals in the field were joined by college students and professors in presenting during the workshops that were attended by schools in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Click here to see photos from the event. 

New Jersey media teachers are encouraged to participate in this competition. Deadline for entries is late February, and the awards are announced in the Spring during a full day of educational workshops. The full list of winners can be found on the MidAtlantic Chapter of NATAS website.

“Words Hurt Too” Lexi Fiore – Sterling High

“Stop the Sinking”  Austin Gassert – Cedar Crest High

Sports Live Event – Sterling High

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