LeeSchools TV Intern Wins Student EMMY Award

LeeSchools TV Intern Wins Student EMMY Award
Posted on 07/15/2021
LeeSchools TV Intern Wins Student EMMY Award

Grace Edmonds HeadshotThe School District of Lee County is proud to announce that LeeSchools TV intern, Grace Edmonds has been awarded a 2021 Student Production Award (Student EMMY) from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast Chapter. Edmonds will now compete with students from around the country in the National Student Production Awards, hosted by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Edmonds EMMY win is for the category of Multimedia Journalist, and in particular her story “Earning Their Stripes.” In it, she profiles Dunbar High School student Conner Daniels and her internship in the Cytometry Lab at Fort Myers based cancer diagnostic center NeoGenomics.

“I am just so grateful to have been nominated, let alone win,” Edmonds says. “Every day I’m learning in the field and my only plan is to continue to learn and grow, because this is only the beginning for me.”

Edmonds graduated from Island Coast High School in June and plans to attend Florida SouthWestern State College before transferring to a larger university to pursue a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Ashleigh Lucas in Graduation GownThe District is also proud to congratulate Ashleigh Lucas on being nominated for two Student EMMYs. Her story “Coming to a Zone Near You” is about the School District’s plans for smaller elementary school proximity zones, and was nominated in the Public Affairs/Community Service category. “The Lady Legacy” was nominated in the Sports Story or Segment category.

Lucas graduated from Riverdale High School in June and will attend the University of Florida this fall to major in Broadcast Journalism.

“I am just so proud of Ashleigh and Grace,” says LeeSchools TV Intern Advisor and Multimedia Communications Coordinator Jason Sill. “They are dedicated to their work and they both have very bright futures. It’s awesome to see our world-class students winning on a world-class stage. To look at the list of schools that were nominated, it makes the recognition even more special, for Lee County and public education.”

The LeeSchools TV intern program offers high school students an educational TV production internship that provides hands-on broadcast journalism experience. Students learn and implement skills such as recording, interviewing, writing and editing stories that they’ve researched from across the School District.

High school students interested in broadcast journalism or TV production who would like more information on the LeeSchools TV intern program can e-mail Jason Sill at JasonSSi@leeschools.net.

The NATAS Student Awards encourages the pursuit of excellence in video production and focuses public attention on outstanding achievements produced by students. The awards are intended to be an incentive for the pursuit of excellence in television journalism and focus public attention on outstanding achievements in television produced by college and/or high school students.