Essex students win National media award
For the second year in a row students from Essex High School received top honors in a national media competition for work they produced with and aired on local educational television station RETN Channel 16.
Essex classmates Adam Potasiewicz and Kayhl Cooper, as well as teacher Tom Preska took first prize for sports coverage from the 2014 Hometown Media Awards organized presented by the Alliance for Community Media. The award recognized Essex High School’s EHSPN, a sports and lifestyle show.
“Winning this national award is a reaffirmation that the quality of our production is strong and that our show compares favorably with work that is beyond the high school level,” said Preska, who supervises the student-run show produced by a class of advanced media students.
RETN and its community producers scored big at the Hometown Media Awards for the fourth time in six years. This year, the station received top billing in the Overall Excellence in Educational Access category covering stations with budgets of more than $650,000.
Former South Burlington High School Students Yuki Soga and Liam Maxwell, who interned at RETN in the summer of 2013 and graduated this year, won a first place prize for their entry in the student-level promotional-media category. Their video, which promoted community media in schools, featured SBHS teacher Nissa Kauppila
Hannah Dennison, Lukas Huffman and Daniel Cojanu also won an award in the independent producer category for “Dear Pina,” their tribute to world-renowned modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch.
“It’s rewarding to see our partner organizations and community producers being recognized nationally for the work they are doing,” said Scott Campitelli, RETN’s executive director. “We congratulate all of the winners and remain committed to providing access to the resources our community needs to produce and share high-quality content”
Campitelli, accepted RETN’s award and the other three on behalf of the station’s community producers at a ceremony in Philadelphia on Aug. 7.
The winning videos will air on RETN Channel 16 on Burlington Telecom and Comcast cable systems in the Champlain Valley. They can also be viewed online at www.retn.org/awards
Adrienne Snider, of Essex Junction, received scholarships in 2014 from the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association Foundation to offset her academic loans. Adrienne is a senior at Western University of Health Sciences and a graduate of the University of Vermont.
Emily Elizabeth Adorisio, of Essex Junction, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.
Kevin Jenko, of Essex Junction, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.
Sarah Ruby, of Essex Junction, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Sarah is a Biology major who recently completed junior year.
Jacob Bovee, son of Matt and Alison Bovee of Essex Town, has been recognized as a University Scholar at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. Jacob is a first-year civilian student majoring in Computer Science.
Joey Picard, of Essex Junction, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. Joey is a Biology and BioTechnology Secondary Education Major.
Lee Murphy, of Essex Junction, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. Lee is the child of Brian and Laura Murphy, and a graduate of Essex High School. Lee is a first year student majoring in optics.
Devin Joseph Sandon, of Essex Junction, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. Devin is the child of Peter and Maureen Sandon, and a graduate of Essex High School. Devin is a senior majoring in political science and economics.
Emma L. Hoffman, of Essex, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. Emma is a junior majoring in Communication and Rhetorical Studies with minor study in Anthropology and Visual Culture.
Ariela A. Sturgis, of Essex Junction, graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., during the 110th commencement on May 18. Ariela earned a Master of Arts in Teaching.