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Laney media students receive NATAS scholarships

Students honored for leadership

By Melody Webster
On November 8, 2012


Two Laney media students were honored with scholarship awards presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Nov. 3 at the group's luncheon in San Francisco.

Laney's Jacquelyn Ngongoseke and Taylor Mosley were two of five Bay Area students to win the prestigious awards.

Ngongoseke received the Peter Marino Memorial Production Scholarship of $2,000. Mosley was awarded the Steve Davis Memorial Under-Graduate Overall Excellence scholarship of $3,000. A short clip of Ngongoseke's one-woman performance was shown at the luncheon. She was awarded based on three entries-a performance, short film, and music video.

The music video, called "Feminem," is a comedy based on a female version of well-known rapper Eminem. Ngongoseke describes the premise of the music video as a substitute teacher who is nervous about teaching her class; to control her feelings she dresses up as famous female personalities such as, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, and Feminem.

Ngongoseke's production piece was a short film called "Prodigal Daughter," and her performance was a one-woman show she performed.

Mosley submitted three works, some of which was contributed by fellow members of the Media Club at Laney. The first production was coverage on the "Vagina Monologues," which fellow classmate Ngongoseke participated in, with different scenes compiled into one video.

The second video was coverage on the Kono Art Project, where Mosley and others followed seven out of 14 artists while they were painting boxes along Telegraph Avenue. The third video was a five-minute short, a concept of another member of the Media Club, about a man whose boss orders him to kill his friends.

To be chosen for these awards, the candidates submitted a letter of recommendation from their dean or a member of faculty at their college, a copy of their transcripts and GPA, and a personal essay to a seven-member judging panel. Following review of the standard applicant information, the judges and the NATAS Education Committee reviewed the video entries and looked for content, execution, creativity, and an overall excellence of the subject at hand.

 The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a non-profit organization "dedicated to the advancement of excellence in television." The NATAS San Francisco/Northern California chapter was founded in October of 1961.

Every year they reward college students, to encourage those who excel in leadership and talent in advertising to pursue their goals in the field. The namesakes of the awards were established professionals in their TV fields. Peter Marino was a member of the NATAS S.F./Northern California chapter and co-founder of this scholarship program. Marino is most remembered for his "public relation exploits," and as a video and music producer.

Steve Davis was an anchorman for KGO-TV for 20 years, through the 60's and 70's.

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