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Two Plattsburgh State Students Win National Scholarship

PLATTSBURGH, NY__Two broadcast journalism students at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh are celebrating this summer after being named scholarship winners by Compix Media.

Jason Lewin and Keith LaPlante have each been awarded $1,500 through the RS Rocks Scholarship Program sponsored by Compix Media, which specializes in television production graphic software programs.

Lewin and LaPlante submitted a slide created with the Compix software and were chosen the winners out of nationwide entries.

Lewin, from Hopewell Jct., N.Y., will be entering his senior year at SUNY Plattsburgh this fall. He is a television/video production/broadcast journalism major with a minor in broadcast management. He is the sergeant at arms for his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, and the treasurer for the National Broadcasting Society chapter at Plattsburgh. Lewin is also the executive producer of "Cardinal Hockey," which is the most watched program on the campus television station, PSTV.

LaPlante, from Montgomery, N.Y., is also entering his senior year at SUNY Plattsburgh majoring in television production and English. His interests are in film and television. His future goals are to start his own production company and produce television shows or movies. LaPlante is also a member of the Cardinal baseball team and enjoys snow boarding.

Pete Premo, studio manager in the communication department at SUNY Plattsburgh, said, "I am very proud of Jason and Keith for their accomplishment. I am also extremely pleased that they took advantage of an opportunity offered. As this was a national contest, the results are posted on the Compix web site. This speaks volumes for our television program at SUNY Plattsburgh."

In order to create a more enriched learning environment for student users of Compix Media character generators, the company developed GenCG-RS, a subscription-based licensing program. The character generator systems enable users to create broadcast quality graphics with "live on-air" capabilities.

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