GNPS/TV wins two national awards

Joe Nikic

The Great Neck Public School district announced Thursday that GNPS/TV, the district’s public access television channel, received two awards at the Hometown Media Awards in Pasadena, Calif., on Aug. 13.

“The Hometown Media Awards covers every government channel, every public access channel, and every educational channel across the country,” GNPS/TV producer and director Robert Zahn said. “And here we are as a high school and we are winning awards over institutions.”

GNPS/TV won the award for Best Original Drama/Comedy in the professional category for their production of “Four Score and Seven” an original film produced by and starring staff and students to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address, according to Zahn.

GNPS/TV also won an award for Best of Local Performances in the student category for South High School’s opera, “The Magic Flute.”

“‘The Magic Flute’ was entirely directed by students, filmed by students, and put together by students,” Zahn said. “It’s a great accomplishment.”

The Hometown Media Awards is a ceremony put on by the Alliance for Community Media to “honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on PEG access cable television channels,” according to the Alliance for Community Media website.

“We have a lot of fun here, but we hold ourselves to a very high standard,” Zahn said.

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