Toppling the Competition

Published on Jul 17, 2015 1:13pm

WCC students win big at production awards

Toppling the Competition

Five Washtenaw Community College Digital Media Arts (DMA) students walked away with first place honors at the 37th Michigan Regional Student Production Awards ceremony sponsored by the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a tie for the most awarded to a single college or university.

“We have been the only two-year institution competing against four-year colleges,” said Matt Zacharias, WCC DMA faculty member. “To tie for the most wins speaks volumes about our students and the program at WCC.”

This year’s WCC student winners, who took home top honors in each of their categories, were: Dalia Alsadi (Best Documentary), Shane Law (Best Commercial), Brian Puninske (Best Sports Feature) and Matt Wilkin (Best Director).

Tradition of excellence

This was the fourth consecutive year WCC students have returned to campus with production awards in-hand, bringing the grand total of wins for the college and its students to 14.

“When you look at the schools that WCC is competing against, it really speaks to the knowledge and support our faculty provides to our students,” said Dr. Kimberly Hurns, dean of business and computer technology. “Because of the hands-on nature and skill development that takes place here, our students not only build a portfolio while in our program, but also learn using the latest equipment.”

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