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Communication Students Named National Finalists

PLATTSBURGH, NY __The National Broadcasting Society has named several communication students from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh finalists in its National Student Production Competition.

Eight communication students have been named national finalists in six categories of competition. The winners will be announced at the organization's annual convention in Chicago March 27 - April 1.

"We are extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments," said Peter Ensel, a 1980 alumnus of SUNY Plattsburgh, associate professor and co-director of the Center for Communication and Journalism. "These honors further exhibit the strength of our communication programs and their competitiveness in both a national and international arena."

Students competing in this year's competition are from colleges and universities across the country, including University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Central Michigan, University of Miami and Marshall University, to name a few.

In the Video Promo category, Justin Halstead from Albany, N.Y., Ashley Kelley from Stanley, N.C., and Nicole Vitallo from Schenectady, N.Y., have been nominated for their piece, "U Filthy Animal." Damien Quinlan from Plattsburgh, N.Y., has been nominated in the Audio PSA category for "Aggressive Driving #1." He was also nominated in the Audio Drama category for "Johnny Sauro: Private Eye."

"Hydrology and Vegetation Sampling in Wetlands," created by Jared Stanley from Peru, N.Y., and Marcel Longo from Milford, N.Y., has been nominated in the Video Instruction/Industrial Promotional Production category.

Austin Bordeleau from Chazy, N.Y, and Halstead were nominated for their work, "Wild Life," in the Video Program Opener category. Two submissions from SUNY Plattsburgh were nominated in the Script Comedy category, "Midnight Stockers of the Graveyard Shift" by Halstead and "Sumdam Forest" by Halstead and Mike Cameron from Oneida, N.Y.
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