The New York State Broadcasters Association Gala honored broadcaster Wendy Williams as New Yorker of the Year. It also honored the Mountain Lake PBS special I produced, FOCUSED: Creative Youth in the Empire State. It received a NYSBA award in the "Outstanding Locally Produced TV Show" Category.
The 30-minute special highlights the New York State Summer School of the Arts. NYSSSA offers opportunities for teens desiring future careers in the arts. The show explores the creative force that motivates New York kids to give up their summer vacations for four weeks of intensive study and training. FOCUSED premiered in October 2014. I produced, wrote and edited the program.
The talent and drive of the kids at the summer school are what inspired me during the making of this show. I actually didn't have awards in mind at all while producing it. I'm really happy for the students, instructors and administrators of the summer school that their program has received such an honor.