Clayton Allen, of Plymouth Meeting, and senior at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School accepted the award in the Newscast category on behalf of his team.
Clayton Allen, of Plymouth Meeting, and senior at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School accepted the award in the Newscast category on behalf of his team.

PHILADELPHIA – On Wednesday, May 14th, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) presented 11 awards to local high school students who are pursuing a career in media and journalism. Now in its 12th year, the awards are intended to recognize outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements by high school students. More than 100 students from high schools throughout the Mid-Atlantic region attended the event held at the Temple University’s Annenberg Hall in Philadelphia.

“We are so excited to recognize all the talented student winners representing high schools throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware,” said Tara Faccenda, Executive Director of NATAS. “This year the Mid-Atlantic chapter received a total of nearly 50 entries in 10 categories from 18 high schools in the Greater Philadelphia region. The awards program provides an opportunity for high schools students to showcase their talent in the field of broadcast journalism.”

Awards were presented to the students by local media professionals. The awards were given to those with achievements in television in 10 categories, including Newscast, News- General Assignment Report, Arts/Cultural Affairs, Music Video, Long Form Fiction, Long Form/Non-Fiction, Sports, Talent, Writing and Public Service – known as the Young Producer’s Award. All entries were received online and judged by both college educators and media professionals from the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Jerry Trently Prize, a $1,000 award given to the high school that wins the Newscast category, was awarded to Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County. Named in honor of the award-winning, former photojournalist and news director at WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Trently passed away in 2006 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.


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This year’s student television awards program also recognized the winner of the Young Producer’s Award honoring entries in the PSA category, which awards a $1,500 cash prize. This year’s prize was shared among Amanda Malandrino, Samantha DiJosie, Mackenzie Parker, and Lindsey Kane, of Washington Township High School, who served as co-producers and received the honor for their PSA entitled, “Drive to Stay Alive.”

All nominees receive individualized Academy certificates and each winning entry receives a crystal award, engraved with the school information. A complete list of winners can be found online at http://www.natasmid-atlantic.org/scholarship.php.

“I-Block News” 
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School 
Plymouth Meeting, PA (Mont. Co.)

“More than a Blanket” Hatboro Horsham High School
Horsham,PA (Mont. Co.)

“Love Is…” 
Washington Township High School 
Sewell, NJ (Gloucester Co.)

“Distracted Driving: My Immortal by Evanescence” 
Washington Township High School 
Sewell, NJ (Gloucester Co.)

LONG FORM - FICTION (2 winners)
“Hidden Justice”
“The Robinsons” 
Collingswood High School
Emmaus High School
Collingswood, NJ (Camden Co.)
Emmaus, PA (Lehigh Co.)

“Have a Nice Conflict: Turning Teenage Conflict Upside Down”
Cedar Crest High School 
Lebanon, PA (Lebanon Co.)

“New Beginnings” 
Salesianum School 
Wilmington, DE (New Castle Co.)

“Drive to Stay Alive” 
Washington Township High School 
Sewell, NJ (Gloucester Co.)

“Owen Crowley” 
Conestoga High School 
Berwyn, PA (Chester Co.)

“Have a Nice Conflict: Are you Blue, Green, or Red?” 
Cedar Crest High School 
Lebanon, PA (Lebanon Co.)

About NATAS Mid-Atlantic
Mid-Atlantic NATAS is a non-profit, professional association with 650 members in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware representing more than 32 television stations, numerous cable companies and programmers, as well as independent producers, production facilities and educational institutions. Please visit the website, www.natasmid-atlantic.org, for information about membership benefits and programs.


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