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Southeastern Channel students nominated for seven Emmys

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Seven Southeastern Channel student productions have been nominated for regional Emmy Awards.
     Four news segments from the student newscast, “Northshore News,” two episodes of the student sports magazine program, “The Big Game,” and a student documentary about Hammond’s University Donuts shop were nominated. The winners will be announced Dec. 3 at the Emmy Gala in Miami.
     In the news category, “Northshore News” stories nominated included “Tracking Disease Trends with Twitter” by reporter Jessica Leblanc of New Orleans, “New Levee Proposal” by reporter Anna de Tiege of Mandeville, and a pair of stories by reporter Chrissy Carter of LaPlace, “eBooks” and “The Children’s Discovery Museum.”
     In the non-news category, one  of the “Big Game” episodes nominated was the October 14, 2010 installment which featured co-anchors Trey Mongrue of Baton Rouge and Scott Thornhill of Hammond, along with stories from reporters Sean Doss of Slidell, Hunter Robinson of Hahnville, and Carey Williams of Baton Rouge. 
     Also nominated was the March 17, 2011 “Big Game” episode with co-hosts Mongrue, Jessica Poumaroux of Baton Rouge, and Lacey Sanchez of Denham Springs. Segments for the episode were produced by reporters Scott Cardinale of Springfield, Stephen Smith of Greenwell Springs, Jovetta White of New Orleans, Rob Seibert of Baton Rouge, and Nicole Brannigan of Long Beach, Calif.
     “Glazed,” a documentary short about Hammond’s University Donuts shop, was also nominated. It was produced by students Stephen Pfeil of Hammond and Calvin Nix of Baton Rouge.
     The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences made the nominations from entries submitted by television stations and production companies in the Suncoast Region, which includes Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico.
     The academy awards Emmy nominations and winners to productions achieving excellence in television at the highest level. Nominees are selected through several rounds of judging against the Emmy standard of excellence, not against other productions.
     The seven Emmy nominations garnered by Southeastern students were more than any other university in the Suncoast Region. 
     “We’re extremely honored because the Emmy is the highest honor that you can win in television,” said Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager. “It’s well-deserved recognition for their talent, hard work and dedication and reflects the excellent training they receive from Channel staff and instructors in the Electronic Media Concentration of the Department of Languages and Communication.”  
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