SAN MARCOS, CA (June 9, 2023) — Three projects created by Palomar College students have been nominated for regional Emmy awards.

The nominations represent a long line of honors for the college’s Cinema and Digital Broadcast Arts programs, which have received numerous recognitions and awards through the years. The winners will be announced June 17 at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter awards ceremony in Palm Springs.

The nominations in student programming for the competition are:

  • Short form, Simulation: Sam Pfoser, Mace Tegt, Cheyenne Bickle, and Josh Miranda.
  • Newscast, Palomar News: Reina Leftwick, Patrick Shartzer, Joseph Serrata, Kelli Sharton, Kyle Patton, Luis Aguilar, Raelle Vargas, Ryan Roberts
  • Public Service, We Don’t Have To…: Garrett Glassell

“These Emmy nominations demonstrate the excellent work being done by Palomar College students,” said Superintendent/President Star Rivera-Lacey. “We’re proud that they are learning the skills to create some outstanding productions while gaining the experience necessary for their chosen craft.”

Cinema Professor Lisa Cecere said the students who created Simulation had varying levels of experience in filmmaking but collaborated to make the short film. “They worked so well together,” she said. “They are very creative, and they all had different strengths that they brought to the film.”

Patrick Shartzer, one of the students who worked on the Palomar News production, said the experience was invaluable in helping him learn more about his intended career working in news and documentaries. Shartzer’s segment in the news magazine format was about an El Cajon nonprofit that is building emergency shelters for the homeless.

“It gave me a lot of hands-on practical experience in all sides of media production,” he said.  “It was as close as I could get to working at a news station and I’m really grateful for that.”

Garret Glassell, a 20-year-old Palomar College student from Oceanside, created his public service announcement about gun violence, telling the story of a mother and daughter reviewing the steps to be taken in case of an active shooter. It ends with a dramatic scene in which the mother gets a call from her daughter, with shots being fired in the background.

“I just wanted it to be really powerful,” Glassell said. “A movie can evoke such a powerful emotion. I wanted to strike the most fear in a hypothetical situation that isn’t so unusual anymore.”