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Neuqua Valley Media Students Earn Top Honors

Reported by on 4/26/19

The 26th Annual High School Video Festival, sponsored by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Midwest Media Educators Association (MMEA), was held Friday, April 26, 2019, at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. Students from the Media Communication I, Broadcast Journalism & Production II, & Broadcast Journalism & Production III classes at Neuqua Valley High School participated along with over 830 other high school television students from 42 high schools across the Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin/Northwest Indiana area.

Neuqua Valley earned 9 top honors.

1st Place – Documentary: “Miracle” by Christine Corbin
1st Place – 7-Day Challenge – Short Film: “A Good Explanation” by Ryan Leshock, Erin Kuehner, Kevin Shaffer, and Natalie Boland
2nd Place – Commercial: “Nestle Toll House” by Megan Kosak
2nd Place – School Promotion: “Neuqua Media Promo” by Matthew McDonnell
3rd Place – News Program: “Wildcat Weekly” by Eli Au Buchon, Frances Golden, Matthew Hill, and JohnHenry Pelter
3rd Place – Music Video: “Cold Cold Cold” by Liam Stephens
4th Place – Comedic Narrative: “Kenny: Secret Agent Man” by Ryan Leshock
4th Place – Movie Trailer: “Kenny: Secret Agent Man” by Ryan Leshock
5th Place – Natural Audio News Package: “Vinyl Records” by Eli Au Buchon, Nick Sokoloski, Carlie Herzberg

* The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recently announced that 1 Neuqua Valley student has been awarded a Student Television Award for Excellence in the following categories:
- Christine Corbin for “Miracle” in the Short Form-Non-Fiction category
Two other videos were NATAS nominees (finalists):
- Liam Stephens for “Cold Cold Cold” in the Music Video category
- Ryan Leshock for “Ryan Leshock-Editor” in the Editor category

The TV Academy created the Student Award of Excellence to honor outstanding television journalism by high school students in 2003. This is the 12th Student Awards of Excellence that Neuqua Valley has been awarded.

*Senior Megan Kosak was presented with the $1,000 Lucas Palermo Scholarship from the Midwest Media Educators Association.

The TV Academy will honor the winning entries and the scholarship winner at the Silver Circle Honors dinner on Friday, May 3rd at the Knickerbocker Hotel in downtown Chicago.

For more information on the Student Television Award for Excellence, visit:

In addition to the videos that placed in the top 5, 6 additional Neuqua Valley videos were selected as finalists for their respective categories:

News Package: “A New Chapter” by Christine Corbin
Public Service Announcement: “Distracted Driving” by Megan Kosak
School Promotion: “Friday Nights Under the Lights” by Megan Kosak

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