Students

The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Announces the Recipients of the 2021-2022
REGIONAL STUDENT PRODUCTION AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

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The Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-2022 Regional Student Television Production Awards for Excellence.

Entries were submitted by High Schools with media programs in the chapter’s region, Visalia to the Oregon border including Reno, Nevada and Hawaii, for work done during the 2021-22 school year.  The “Award for Excellence,” an engraved glass pillar, is presented to the school with each student recipient receiving a certificate.  The “Award for Merit” each student receives a certificate.  A total of 288 entries were received from 23 high schools.

18 Pillars for Excellence and 29 Certificates for Merit are being awarded.

“Thrilled that our contest has doubled in size in entries and schools participating this year.” said chapter Education Chair Toby Momtaz. “We are so thankful again for the second year to receiving a large donation from a generous couple that will cover all the expenses of the contest.”

Six high schools will receive Pillars of Excellence, El Diamante High School, Visalia (five); Buchanan High School, Clovis (four); Moanalua High School, Honolulu, HI (three); Whitney High School: WCTV19, Rocklin (three); Tamalpais High School: Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM), Mill Valley (two); and Franklin High School, Elk Gove (one).

Certificates of Merit also going to eight high schools: Moanalua High School, Honolulu, HI (seven); Buchanan High School, Clovis (six); Whitney High School: WCTV19, Rocklin (six); Redwood High School, Visalia (three); El Diamante High School, Visalia (three); Franklin High School, Elk Gove (two); Tamalpais High School: Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM), Mill Valley (two).

The Pillar recipients “Award of Excellence,” will move forward to a national competition between all 19 chapters of NATAS.  National recipients will be announced in the Fall.

The Complete list of recipients follows:

PROGRAM CATEGORIES

Newscast

EXCELLENCE: Buchanan High School, Clovis;  “BNN 2022”
Lucille Malcolm, Producer; Gabriel Munro, Producer/Anchor/Camera/Editor; Rylee Gonzales, Producer/Anchor/Writer; Kelton Oliver, Ellianna Sandoval, Reporters; Daniel Hall, Reporter/Camera/Editor; Parker Wyatt, Alejandro Piedra Granados, Makayla Wyckoff, Camera/Editors; Phoenix Sadler, Ray Williams, Editors; Daniel Pearce, Advisor

MERIT: Whitney High School WCTV19;  “Unleashed 2.11.22”
Reese Clarke, Kiera LeRoy, Ken Munoz, News Directors;  Sanjay Suresh, Shawn Singh, Production Managers; Alyssa Eimer, Ally Wright, Executive Producers-Script; Evelyn Hill, Sophie Ohanyan, Executive Producers-Graphics; Makena Locsin, Alexa Topacio, Social Media Directors; Khalei Meeks, Multimedia Manager/
Content Coordinator; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor

Report-Light News

MERIT: Whitney High School WCTV19;  “Artificial Hearing”
Sal LaPenna, Reporter; Kendall Collins , Photographer; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor

Video Essay

MERIT: Buchanan High School, Clovis; “Building a Community: The Story of Fresno Ideaworks”
Parker Wyatt, Producer; Daniel Pearce, Advisor

Non-Fiction – Short Form

EXCELLENCE: Tamalpais High School, Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM);  “Anti-Vaxxed”
Josh Cushner, Mia Forshan, Sofia Igoe, Adrienne Murr, Filmmakers; Mike Goldstein, Mike Lavezzo, Sharilyn Scharf, Advisors

MERIT: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy; “The Most Popular Epidemic”Kiaya Baiza, Producer/Director; Hadrian Perez, Cinematographer; Dulce Ibarra, Graphic Artist; Ellie Hebert, Advisor

MERIT: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy;  “Shelter”
Percy Peck, Producer/Director; Leandra Calvanese, Cinematographer/Editor; Katarina Arellano, Graphic Artist; Ellie Hebert, Advisor

Public Affairs/Community Service

MERIT: Redwood High School; “Edmond Wysinger: Hidden History”
William Youngquist, Director/Photography/Editor; Emerson Pressley, Writer/Narrator; William Henshaw, Advisor

MERIT: Whitney High School WCTV19; “Pins Down Confidence Up”
Ken Munoz, Reporter; Alexa Topacio, Photographer; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor

Music Video

EXCELLENCE: Buchanan High School, Clovis; “Do You Love Me?”
Parker Wyatt, Producer; Ciabel Querol, Writer/Performer; Makayla Wyckoff, Photographer; Daniel Pearce, Advisor

MERIT:  Buchanan High School, Clovis; “Come a Little Closer”
Rylee Gonzales, Daniel Hall, Gabriel Munro, Producers; Daniel Pearce, Advisor

MERIT: Redwood High School; “Miss You”
William Youngquist, Director/Photographer; Nikko Gutierrez, Photographer/Editor; Kylen Gray-Jacobson, Singer/Songwriter; Campbell Crites, Dancer/Actress; Mandy Redden, Choreography; William Henshaw, Advisor

Fiction – Short Form

EXCELLENCE: Moanalua High School; “Pan de Vida”
Sara Brekke, Leigh Antoinette Medina, Producers; Caydie Furutani, Actress; Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

MERIT: Franklin High School;  “Janken”
JT Tesnado, Producer/Lead Animator;  Elaine Pham, Director/Lead Animator; Angelo Tran, Ethan Tran, Animators; Kyle Tran, Editor; Naliyah Renegado, Color Artist; Brad Clark, Advisor

MERIT: Moanalua High School;  “Forever”
Sara Brekke, Producer; Caydie Furutani, Leigh Antoinette Media, Actresses;
Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

Fiction – Long Form

EXCELLENCE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy;  “Come Home”
Avery Hazard, Kevin Lau, Noah Lillywhite, Kai Willey, Samuel Zurek, Producers; Ellie Hebert, Advisor

Sports Story or Segment

EXCELLENCE: Whitney High School WCTV19; “Punching Her Fears Away”
Makena Locsin, Reporter; Alyssa Eimer, Photographer; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor

MERIT: Whitney High School WCTV19;  “Broken To Boxer”
Angelina Petrosian, Reporter; Marina Parker, Photographer; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor

MERIT: Whitney High School WCTV19;  “Nice Walking With You”
Kiera Leroy, Reporter; Reese Clarke, Photographer; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor

Public Service Announcement (PSA)

EXCELLENCE: Franklin High School;  “Johnny”
Marcus Farrar, Writer/Director/Animator; Brad Clark, Advisor

MERIT:  Redwood High School;  “Choose Life: Fentanyl”
William Youngquist, Director/Photography; Nicholas Amstutz, Photography; Hannah Johnson, Production Assistant;  William Henshaw, Advisor

Commercial

EXCELLENCE: Buchanan High School, Clovis;  “Amanda Rogers Photography”
Rylee Gonzales, Gabriel Munro, Producers; Daniel Pearce, Advisor

CRAFT CATEGORIES

Animation/Graphics/Special Effects

EXCELLENCE: Whitney High School WCTV19;  “Shawn Singh Reel”
Shawn Singh, Graphic Artist; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor

MERIT: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy;  “Come Home”
Noah Lillywhite, VFX artist; Ellie Hebert, Advisor

MERIT: Franklin High School;  “Power UP”
Alexei Godfray, Animator;  Brad Clark, Advisor

Audio/Sound

EXCELLENCE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy;  “Come Home”
Noah Lillywhite, Audio; Avery Hazard, Foley; Ellie Hebert, Advisor

MERIT: Buchanan High School, Clovis;  “Alone”
Gabriel Munro, Sound Designer; Daniel Pearce, Advisor

MERIT: Buchanan High School, Clovis;  “To Be Or Not To Be”
Taylor Brunzell, Sound Designer, Daniel Pearce, Advisor

Director

EXCELLENCE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy;  “Come Home”
Kai Willey, Director; Ellie Hebert, Advisor

EXCELLENCE: Tamalpais High School, Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM);  “The Letter”
Cameran Ford, Director; Mike Goldstein, Mike Lavezzo, Sharilyn Scharf, Advisors

MERIT: Moanalua High School;  “forever”
Sara Brekke, Director; Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

MERIT: Moanalua High School;  “Pan de Vida”
Sara Brekke, Leigh Antoinette Medina, Directors; Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

Editor

EXCELLENCE: Moanalua High School;  “forever;”
Sara Brekke, Editor;  Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

MERIT: Moanalua High School;  “Pan de Vida”
Sara Brekke, Leigh Antoinette Medina, Editors;  Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

MERIT: Buchanan High School, Clovis;  “Alone”
Gabriel Munro, Editor; Daniel Pearce, Advisor

Photographer

EXCELLENCE: Buchanan High School, Clovis;  “Boboland”
Braden Estes, Director of Photography; Levi Hull, Camera Operator; Daniel Pearce, Advisor

EXCELLENCE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy;  “Come Home”
Kevin LauSam Zurek, Cinematographers; Ellie Hebert, Advisor

MERIT: Buchanan High School, Clovis;  “ICU – A COVID-19 Documentary”
Braden Estes, Director of Photography; Levi Hull, Camera Operator; Daniel Pearce, Advisor

MERIT: Moanalua High School;  “forever”
Sara Brekke, Photographer; Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

Talent – News or Sports

EXCELLENCE: Whitney High School WCTV19;  “Ken Munoz Reel”
Ken Munoz, On Air Talent;  Ben Barnholdt, Advisor

MERIT: Whitney High School WCTV19;  “Makena Locsin”
Makena Locsin, On Air Talent; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor

Talent-Performer

EXCELLENCE: Moanalua High School;  “forever”
Leigh Antoinette Medina, Talent; Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

MERIT: Moanalua High School;  “Pan de Vida”
Leigh Antoinette Medina, Talent;  Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

Writer

EXCELLENCE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy;  “Come Home”
Kai Willey, Writer; Ellie Hebert, Advisor

MERIT: Moanalua High School;  “forever”
Sara Brekke, Writer; Mark Ikenaga, Advisor

MERIT: Tamalpais High School, Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM);  “Hanlon Lee’s Personal Statement”
Hanlon Lee, Writer; Mike Goldstein, Mike Lavezzo, Sharilyn Scharf, Advisors

MERIT: Tamalpais High School, Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM);  “Scarlett Ames’ Personal Statement”
Scarlett Ames, Writer; Mike Goldstein, Mike Lavezzo, Sharilyn Scharf, Advisors

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Pillars of Excellence are given to each School.  Student recipients of Pillar awards are eligible to purchase a custom pillar with their name in it.   Link to order.  $125 each