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national awards earned by Huntington University students

2005 Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters awards

  • Todd Stapleton, a sophomore broadcast communication major from Tipp City, Ohio, placed first in the radio drama category with his short radio play titled “John 1513.” Ashley Schermerhorn, a junior broadcast communication major from Paw Paw, Mich., won third place in radio drama with her radio play titled “Unanswered Questions.”
  • Anca Thompson, a senior public relations major from Fort Wayne, Ind., placed second in the Al Sanders essay contest with her research paper, “Got Game.” Her paper, which discusses the role of video gaming in Christian communication, will be presented at the upcoming convention.
  • Jeff Blossom, a senior digital film studies major from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Erica Nazarenus, a senior digital film studies major from Fishers, Ind., placed third in the Music Video category with “Masquerade Shore,” an entry based on a song written by a Huntington College student.
  • Chris Wright, a senior broadcast communication major from Goshen, Ind., Katie Haifley, a senior communication studies major from Roanoke, Ind., and Stapleton took second place in the TV Studio category with a submission of HCTV, the Huntington College Communication Department’s weekly news magazine.

Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters awards

  • Jonathan Rice of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, placed first in the Al Sanders Scholarship essay competition, a program funded by Focus on the Family on behalf of Al Sanders, a pioneer in religious broadcasting. The competition is open to all full time US and Canadian undergraduate students who are majoring in communication, broadcasting or journalism. Rice’s paper, Armistice or Armageddon: Communicating Christ Without Presenting the Gospel, focused on spiritually-based films coming from Hollywood and the need for character-driven films produced by Christians that can compete with these productions. Rice’s first place paper earned him a $1,000 scholarship award.
  • Senior Andrew Keck from Peru, Indiana, placed first in the 2002 NRB Student Achievement Awards TV/Video division of Field Production for his production of The Vision. The 30-minute variety program, started by HC graduate Josh Bean, deals with Christ in modern cultural issues aimed at high school students. It has been broadcast over the Dish Network and SkyAngel for two years.
  • Senior Kristen Freeman of Crawfordsville, Indiana, teamed with sophomores Zach Hill of Archbold, Ohio and Michael Szapkiw of Lagrange, Indiana as well as Cassie Dupois placed second in the 2002 NRB Student Achievement Awards Radio/Audio division. The radio drama titled “Reborn” was a 27-minute drama about a young woman who was raped, gave the child up for adoption and then had to find that child 18 years later to save her other young child.
  • Keck, Freeman and Rice joined David Bryan of Auburn, Indiana, and Lily Anderson of Virginia Beach, Virginia to earn second place in the 2002 NRB Student Achievement Awards TV/Video. The music video “Lullaby” chronicled the journey of a man who chased worldly success in his life only to find sin and later found rest, comfort and purification in submission to Christ.
  • Robert Johnston of Canton, Ohio, Heather Wiltse of Walker, Michigan, and Kathryn Nix of Fort Wayne, Indiana earned second place honors for the studio production “HCTV” 2002 NRB Student Achievement Awards.
  • Johnston and Keck placed third in the 2002 NRB Student Achievement Awards TV/Video division for the Public Service Announcement “Living Cross”. The 60-second PSA was done for the Huntington First Church of the Nazarene’s musical/drama Easter Production of “The Living Cross.
  • Josh Bean, a senior at Huntington College from Olivet, Michigan, placed first in the 2001 NRB Student Achievement Awards Studio Production category with his entry titled, "The Vision." Bean also placed third in the Video Public Service Announcement category with his entry titled "Armor of God."
  • Sophomore Justin Clifton of Grabill, Indiana, and junior Christine Slagel of Del Haven, New Jersey, placed first in the 2001 NRB Student Achievement Awards Music Video category with their entry, "Hands and Feet." The video was produced with footage they shot during a Huntington College student mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Both Justin and Chris, who are engaged to be married, have pledged to donate the $125 first-place cash award to the Dominican orphanage they served.
  • Clifton also teamed up with junior Heather Wiltse of Walker, Michigan, to produce the placed first winner in the 2001 NRB Student Achievement Awards Radio Drama category. Their entry, "Criminals on the Cross," is a twenty-minute dramatic radio play offering a unique look at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
  • Sophomore James Hogg of Webberville, Michigan, and junior Jonathan “Jonny” Rice of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, placed first in the 2001 NRB Student Achievement Awards Radio Public Service Announcement category with their entry titled "Link Institute." This 60-second PSA features a creative look at the youth ministry research center based at Huntington College.
  • Senior Robert Johnston of Canton, Ohio, placed third in this same category with his public service announcement titled "Open Door." This PSA featured the community service opportunities citizens can have by volunteering to serve with the Open Door charitable organization.
  • Junior Sharra Sieminski of Charlottesville, Virginia, placed first in the 2001 NRB Student Achievement Awards Radio News category with her entry titled "Kids Kampus 2." Her investigative reporting style takes the listener inside this community outreach center.
  • Senior Brad Richardson of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, and Ryan Howe of Carmel, Indiana, took second place in the 2001 NRB Student Achievement Awards Video Field Production category with their dramatic story, "Critical Measures." This thirty-minute short film pits good cop against bad cop as a distraught woman considers suicide.
  • An essay by Huntington College student Alison Young won second place in the 2001 Al Sanders Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters. The national competition examines issues and concerns regarding Christian broadcasting and education.
  • A paper by Huntington College student Sharra Sieminski titled "Standing Out in a Crowd: Distinctive Programming for Distracted Audiences" won first place in the 2000 national Al Sanders Scholarship essay contest sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters. 
  • A radio drama produced by Huntington College students Sharra Sieminski and Christine Slagel won first place in the 2000 National Religious Broadcasters’ Student Achievement Awards Competition. The annual contest involves students from over three hundred colleges and universities nationwide, and recognizes outstanding achievement in radio and television production. 
  • In the NRB 2000 music video competition, the Huntington College team of Ryan Howe, Tim Manock, and Angie Steffen placed second nationally with their winning entry, "Where is God?" 
  • The HC team of Jen Swineford, Josh Bean, and Carrie Johnson took third place in the NRB 2000 music video competition with our video "All I Want," featuring the Huntington College band, Rejected Stone. 
  • 1999-2000 was the fourth academic year Huntington College students have participated in the NRB's intercollegiate competition, and the fourth consecutive year in which HC student productions took top national honors. In the 1999 NRB competition, HC students won second place in four of the eight award categories: Radio Documentary, Radio Demo, Radio Drama, and Television Short-Form Video.
  • In 1998, a team of five HC students won second place in Music Video with their production, “World Gone Mad.” 
  • The previous year, two entries produced by 1997 graduate Christia Campbell Whitacre took second and fifth place.