NJ students volunteer at Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards

Students and alumni from Absegami High School’s media studies program volunteered to raise funds for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Youth Scholarship Fund at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, held at the Philadelphia Marriott on Oct. 13.

The students sold more than $650 in raffle tickets and raised $850 in a silent auction. The highest-earning item at the auction was a Philadelphia Eagles football signed by Nick Foles and Carson Wentz that went for more than $500.

The scholarship fund benefits media students in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The students compete for scholarships and student production awards judged by media professionals in the tri-state area. The students also attend a workshop conducted by college media students and professionals.

“This is a great opportunity for my students to meet and network with the best in the industry,” said Mike Piotrowski, media studies teacher at Absegami High School, located in Galloway Township. “We encourage them to pursue excellence with every project they take on. It’s important to see the beyond the shiny trophies; their future colleagues in media really respect and support each other and the stories they tell.”

“The reason the fundraising efforts were so successful is directly the result of the energy and enthusiasm of the students,” said Wanda Swanson, executive producer of NJEA’s “Classroom Closeup NJ,” which won its 16th Emmy® award at the event. Swanson also serves on the executive board of the Mid-Atlantic NATAS chapter and is the chair of the Youth Scholarship Committee. “These students give me hope for the future of broadcasting.”

For more information about the youth scholarship fund, and the high school and college production awards program, go to www.natasmid-atlantic.org.

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