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THAT’S A WRAP ON SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR TV & MEDIA STUDENTS
THAT’S A WRAP ON SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR TV & MEDIA STUDENTS
Posted on 06/16/2015
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Brenda Doherty, center, vice president of marketing and communications for MassDevelopment, presents a check to Nashoba Tech’s TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program for its statewide grand-prize winning video in the agency’s AMP It UP! Video Challenge. With her are, front row, from left, Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, Charles Cummings (junior, Pepperell) Amber Joyce (junior, Pepperell), Andrew Mahoney (junior, Townsend), Price Fallon (junior, Townsend) and Instructor Emily Smith; and, back row, McKayla Briggs (junior, Townsend), Camron Clark (junior, Chelmsford), Erin Mason (junior, Westford) and Cynthia Long (junior, Pepperell).

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Holding their Merrimack Valley Film Festival first-place awards for Best News Piece are, from left, TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts 2015 graduates Evan Peltola (Chelmsford) and Emma Parla-Aziz (Tewksbury) and postgraduate Ryan Connor (Chelmsford).

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Celebrating their first-place win for Best High School Commercial in the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ New England High School TV Conference are, from left, TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts 2015 graduates Evan Peltola (Chelmsford), Emma Parla-Aziz (Tewksbury) and Nicolas Hartzel (Chelmsford).


WESTFORD — Nashoba Tech's TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program ended the 2014-2015 school year in winning style.

        Students won three first-place awards this spring — including one that comes with a $5,000 grand prize.

        The cash prize came in MassDevelopment’s AMP It Up! Video Challenge, in which Nashoba Tech was the statewide winner.

        The challenge asked high-school and middle-school students to produce a video about a local company’s technology, and, according to MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones, “sought to build awareness and excitement about advanced manufacturing careers in Massachusetts.”

        Four Nashoba Tech juniors — Pepperell residents Charles Cummings, Price Fallon and Amber Joyce, and Townsend resident Andrew Mahoney — produced a video on The Bose Corporation “The Bose Ride.” Bose allowed the students to tour and videotape in its Framingham headquarters.

        “The Bose Ride,” according to the company’s website, strengthens a company’s “driver workforce with seat suspension technology” that alleviates the daily fatigue and pain levels that plague truck drivers.

        “We’re thrilled that Nashoba Valley Tech has won the AMP It Up! Challenge,” Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz said. “The contest helped create awareness among our students about the Massachusetts advanced manufacturing industry, encouraged collaboration, and aligned perfectly with our school’s technical curriculum. These prize funds will go a long way toward boosting our programs.”

        The students are instructed by Emily Smith and Eric Stevenson.

        Smith said the $5,000 grand prize will likely go toward upgrading equipment in the school’s TV studio, including new microphones, cameras and lighting equipment.

        She said the fact that all four students who produced the winning AMP It Up! video are juniors bodes well for them in their senior year.

        “They’re all incredibly talented, and they’re always up for a challenge,” she said.

        Another group of juniors — McKayla Briggs of Townsend, Camron Clark of Chelmsford, Cynthia Long of Pepperell and Erin Masson of Westford — also submitted a video to the contest. There were 18 submission statewide.

        Earlier in the spring, Nashoba Tech’s TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program received news that it had received two other awards.

        Earning first place in the Merrimack Valley Film Festival’s Best News Piece category were 2015 graduates Emma Parla-Aziz of Tewksbury and Evan Peltola of Chelmsford, along with postgraduate Ryan Connor of Chelmsford, for their segment on Nashoba Tech’s groundbreaking Engineering Academy.

        Emma and Evan also joined with fellow 2015 graduate Nicolas Hartzel of Chelmsford to earn an Emmy Award for Best High School Commercial at the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ New England High School TV Conference.