NVHS Television Awards

Since 2003, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has honored high school students with Student Awards of Excellence, this year, Neuqua Valley Students were at the top of the pack for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter.

Junior Mason Rippel received an honorable mention for a TV commercial he created and won a Student Television Award of Excellence, for his documentary, Courage.

“I had just met this boy through my brother’s hockey and our families kinda started hanging out and I learned of his condition right as the project was assigned so I made a 5-minute documentary on him,” Rippel said.

Fellow Junior Michaela Rausch was awarded an honorable mention in the same category for her documentary, A Tragic Ride.

“My brother passed away in a car accident and when it was assigned in class I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to commemorate my brother and to do this piece for me and for my family,” explained Rausch.

And senior Ellen Potocsnak received NATAS’ $2,500 Carol Cooling Scholarship, which she plans to use next year at Indiana University.

“Being able to have all of this real life experience here at Neuqua has really helped me realize what I want to do in the future. I know I want to go into the television and film industry,” said Potocsnak.

Neuqua has won five Student Awards of Excellence overall, a testament to the strong media program Neuqua has built.

“They are learning how to tell a story so that when they get to college and fine-tune them and finesse them,” said Lisa Traut, Media Department Chair.

“It’s really nice that organizations like NATAS recognize the work of not only this high school but other high schools,” said teacher, John Gelsomino.


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