(From left): Front: Mary Kasselman, Alexandra Gomez, Michaela Bajic, Nathan Lord, David Merrill. Back: Don Piper, Antonio Zarro, Andrew Ray, Duane Meeks
Ten PBA students and faculty traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the Broadcast Education Association's annual conference, which is associated and synchronized with the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters. The School of Communication & Media students and faculty won a total of 10 awards, placing them third overall, only behind Arizona State University with 19 awards and University of Oklahoma with 13.
According to Professor Zarro, one of the three professors who attended the conference, there was a total of 1267 student entries, 147 faculty entries and a total of 98 colleges and universities that participated.
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The list of PBA students and faculty winners is below:
Short Subject Category
1st Place: Michaela Bajic, Palm Beach Atlantic University; “Ashes to Ashes”
Award of Excellence: Mary Kasselman, Palm Beach Atlantic University; “De Wallen”
1st Place: Nathan Lord, Palm Beach Atlantic University; “The Ghost of Gottfried”
3rd Place: Alexandra K. Gomez, Palm Beach Atlantic University; “34 Doors Down”
Television Sports Story/Feature Category
2nd Place: David Merrill, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Driven: “A PBA Lacrosse Story”
Narrative Video/Broadcast Production Category
2nd Place: Angel Soto, Palm Beach Atlantic University; “Adam's Tree”
3rd Place: Chris Collier & Anthony Rose, Palm Beach Atlantic University; “Walk On”
Commercial or PSA Category
Best of Competition: Andrew Ray, Palm Beach Atlantic University; “Together- Diet Coke”
2nd Place: Angel Soto, Palm Beach Atlantic University; “Newton's Cradle”
Award of Excellence: Ryan Teason, Palm Beach Atlantic University; “Men's Basketball - Palm Beach Atlantic University”
(From left to right): Professor Don Piper (left) and junior David Merrill (right) after Merrill received Second Place in the Student Sports Competition for his film “Driven: A PBA Lacrosse Story”; PBA professor Andrew Ray with his "Best of Competition Award" in the commercial or PSA category for his video, “Together – Diet Coke”; PBA students (from left to right) Michaela Bajic, Mary Beth Kasselman, Alexandra Gomez, Nathan Lord.