April 27, 2015
LIVONIA, Mich. – The work of two talented Broadcast and Cinema Arts students was honored recently by the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Junior Miranda Ferguson, of Ortonville, and graduating senior Darryn Montgomery, of Westland, received Michigan Regional Student Production Awards. Of the 40 nominations this year, 10 Madonna students received 12.
“We have a lot of talented students and very fine teachers from the industry,” said Chuck Derry, associate professor and director of the Madonna’s broadcast and cinema arts program. “We are very happy for the recognition our students received from the Academy as both nominees and awardees.”
Ferguson garnered three awards: for a public service announcement “Good Girl Come Back”, for a sign language music video “Wings,” and an editing award for “Wings”.
In the writing category, Montgomery took home the award for his movie script “Gangster Report,” the 2014 student capstone full-length feature film.
“It isn't just me that deserves the awards,” said Ferguson. “Without God I wouldn’t even be at college, let alone almost finishing,” said Ferguson. “I certainly would have given up long ago without His grace guiding me. My family, friends and coworkers have assisted me, too.”
Montgomery said he was “humbled” to be recognized with the award, “I want to thank the 2014 Capstone in Film Production class for all their hard work and dedication. That award belongs to the class.”
Madonna President Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa wrote in a campus-wide email, “We offer sincere congratulations to our students who captured enough awards to tie for first place in the statewide NATAS competition. This is extraordinary. Of course, we also congratulate their teacher and mentor Chuck Derry as well as the other faculty members who guided these students to these high standards.”
Awards were given at the Detroit Public Television studios in Wixom on April 18.
The Michigan Regional Student Production Awards for excellence (natasmichigan.org) promote best practices to university/college and high school students, and are intended to be an incentive for the pursuit of excellence in television journalism. They focus public attention on outstanding achievements in television produced by students.
NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and related media and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry, best known for the coveted Emmy® Award. The Michigan Chapter supports future broadcast and media producers by recognizing the talent and efforts of high school and college students in our region with Student Production Awards.
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