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Hills, Valley Students Win V Awards

Program awards excellence in media production.

Several Wayne students have received V Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and MSG Varsity.

Michael Sheptock of Wayne Valley High School won Best Feature for “Bhargav Maheta: A Running Miracle.”

Several students from Wayne Hills received awards.

John Vittas won Best Play-By-Play. Matthew Trainor won Best Editing for “Snooze.” Nick Appaluccio, Mike Beltramba, Paul Gabbienelli, Jon Giardiello, Alex Green, Ryan Kattine, Josh Mordkoff, Joe Rapp, Anthony Scudillo, and John Vittas won Best Full Game Production for their entry “Wayne Hills vs. High Point Football.”

The V Awards competition is designed to foster the next generation of broadcast professionals by recognizing excellence in student-produced content for television.

Winners were selected from more than 3.600 submissions from high school students in the tri-state area. A panel of television, production, and broadcast industry professionals judged entries.

Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley will each receive a $5,000 grant to fund their media programs. Students received trophies.

The V Awards Special will re-air on MSG Varsity, iO channel 14 on Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m.. It can also be viewed at www.msgvarsity.com.

"The V Awards program has once again shown us that the future of our industry is an incredibly bright one,” said Jacqueline Gonzalez, executive director of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. "It is so encouraging to see such great work being produced at so many schools throughout our area, and makes us more optimistic than ever about our next generation of broadcast and production professionals.”

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