The Broadcast and Distance Learning team from Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is celebrating after the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (SE-NATAS) presented GCPS with three EMMY Awards. The honors recognize the teams talent and creativity in creating original productions that support teaching and learning.
The SE-NATAS presented GCPSTV with two EMMY Awards for Qs Story, and another Emmy for the Cooper OBrien Courage Award. Arquevious Q Crane is a remarkable young man who, despite being paralyzed in a varsity football game, rose above his injury and not only graduated high school on time, but also went on to obtain a college degree. The love of his South Gwinnett high school coaches, friends, and family and the entire GCPS community gave him the strength he needed to overcome adversity and achieve success. The video is a testament to his character and compelling drive to just keep moving. Qs Story earned an EMMY Award in the following categories: Sports Program Feature/Segment and Editor Program (Non-News).
Cooper OBrien was diagnosed with a rare cancer while attending North Gwinnett Middle School. His courageous battle against the disease, and his desire to live his last year of life as close to normal as possible set the stage for his family, friends, and school community to rally behind him. The Cooper OBrien Memorial Courage Award was established to keep Coopers legacy and spirit alive for generations to come. This video helps to shine a light on his life and his lasting message to just keep believing. Cooper OBrien Courage Award won in the Children/Youth (All Ages) category.
Greg LaHatte, the school districts director of broadcast and distance learning, was excited about his teams work saying, We are so proud of our entire GCPSTV production team and the world-class videos they produce. Our schools, teachers, students, and staff should also be commended for it is their stories we tell that win the acclaim of the Academy and our industry peers.