Four Paulding County students are set to compete for regional student Emmy Awards in early June after being nominated recently for films they produced.

Hiram High School students Jordan Fowler and Miah Jordan, and North Paulding High students Alex Hood and Tiernan Callahan, were nominated for the NATAS Southeast Student Production Awards.

Winners will be announced during the 2019 Student Production Awards event June 8 at 3 p.m. at SCADShow at 173 14th St. in midtown Atlanta.

The students produced the films for Audio-Video Technology & Film pathway classes at their schools, said Superintendent Brian Otott of the Paulding County School District.

Jordan produced a film titled “Less Talk More Spin,” which was nominated in the Long Form - Non Fiction category.

The documentary film focused on the marching band's color guard at Hiram High and the work members put into preparing for their performances, said the students’ teacher, Charlotte Holmes.

Fowler produced the film “Nobody Knows,” which was nominated in the Public Service category. The public service announcement encouraged support for students who may appear happy but are struggling with unseen personal health problems like depression or eating disorders, Holmes said.

Hood and Callahan produced a film titled “The Vinyl Comeback,” which was nominated in the Short Form - Non Fiction category.

High schools and colleges from Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina were eligible for the National Academy of Television Arts & Science (NATAS) awards in separate high school and college divisions. This is the program’s eighth year.

A total of 23 Georgia high schools submitted entries. Roswell High with 12 nominations and Alpharetta High with 10 led the list of nominated schools, a news release stated.

Michael Britt, chairman of the Student Production Awards, said, “The Student Production Awards committee worked hard to expand the awards this year and we're proud of the work put forth by students from across the region.

“These young people are the future of film and television and will play an integral part of the growth of the industry in Georgia,” Britt said.

NATAS Southeast President Jeremy Campbell of WXIA-TV said, “While the Southeast Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences celebrates its 45th year as a vibrant leader in television excellence, the Student Production Awards introduces us to tomorrow’s rare talents. It’s very exciting to meet the next generation of storytellers.”

Broadcast professionals from the Southeast regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences judge the entries.

The regional chapter gives the awards. One Student Production Award Pillar will be awarded to the high school or college in each category. Certificates will be awarded to all students named on the entry.

Fred Blankenship of WSB-TV will host the June 8 event. For ticket purchase and more information, visit

Winners will be automatically entered in the National Student Production Awards, where nominees of the national award will be announced late summer, and the awards will take place in the fall.

For information on this national event, visit

The awards encourage the pursuit of excellence in video production and focuses public attention on outstanding achievements produced by students, a news release stated.

NATAS Southeast is a professional, nonprofit service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry.


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