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Media students win national honors

Peoria, Ariz. – Centennial High School Media Club's Steven Nguyen and Raymond S. Kellis High School Media Club members Michelle Mena and Maci Danowski recently became the first in Peoria Unified history to take first place in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Awards, the organization that produces the Emmys.


Centennial graduate Steven Nguyen won first place in High School Student Arts in Entertainment/Cultural Affairs for his Arts and Cultural Festival video that highlighted the events and activities of the district’s annual festival. Steven is currently enrolled at Arizona State University majoring in Digital Marketing and wants to travel around the world recording videos and taking photographs for companies to increase their exposure.


Kellis senior Michelle Mena won first place in High School Animation/Graphics/Special Effects for her “Everybody Talks” typography created during her Media Technology class as a final project. “In my final project I had a great opportunity to show what I like doing and be creative,” said Michelle. “Creating that video made me feel like I could do anything.” Michelle looks forward to continuing animation after graduation.


Kellis junior Maci Danowski took home first place in High School Public Service (PSAs) for her entry “Phone PSA” that promoted the disuse of cell phones during school hours. Maci’s video portrayed how consuming phone usage can be and how cell phones can distract from the world around the user. Maci plans to major in film after graduating from high school. “There’s so many opportunities when it comes to a profession in media,” said Maci. “I look forward to being a part of a new generation of filmmakers.”


The National Student Production Awards recognize outstanding achievement in video production. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences promotes excellence by showcasing work created by high school students in news, craft and programming categories.


View Steven's winning piece


View Michelle's winning piece.


View Maci's winning piece.