Jonathan Mayes, a 2017 graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School, gets the picture.

The Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on June 16 announced its student production award recipients, which included Mayes.

Mayes won a production award and two honorable mentions for his work in Gahanna's TV production class.

He will be recognized officially Aug. 5 at the Ohio Valley chapter's annual Emmy Awards Gala at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

"I'm very honored to have won a student production award as well as two honorable mentions at this year's regional Emmy Awards," Mayes said. "I'm also proud to represent Gahanna Lincoln High School and its world class TV program (WGLH-TV)."

Mayes said the award he's most proud of is the student production award for the Public Affairs-Community Service category.

"The PSA (public-service announcement) was about promoting the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, which is a campaign that spreads awareness about ending the 'R Word,' or 'retard,'" he said.

"This campaign has close meaning for me because my brother -- who is now a sophomore at GLHS -- is autistic and I was able to have him in the video, as well as the entire ESS (Extended Support Services) and FSS (Functional Support Services) programs featured in the PSA.

"That for me was very special and was definitely a highlight of my senior year," he said.

Tom Gregory, a speech and television teacher at Gahanna Lincoln High School, said Mayes has been an amazing student leader in the TV production class.

"Jonathan is a student that has always shown great initiative on his own," Gregory said. "He is always working ahead on things and always tries to find ways to improve his work."

Gregory said Mayes worked with the multiple-disabilities unit at the high school to coordinate filming, and the PSA was shown at all elementary and middle schools in the district.

"It had a huge impact on students not judging others," Gregory said.

One of Mayes' honorable mentions was for a story on distracted driving.

He was able to interview Dom Tiberi from WBNS-10TV, whose daughter, Maria, died in a distracted-driving accident in 2013, as well as the father of Sidney Williams, who also died in an accident while texting and driving.

The other honorable mention was for a compilation of work Mayes had done at the high school.

"Jonathan is not only a hard worker for himself in class, but he is always willing to help others out in the TV program," Gregory said. "He has been a great role model for the juniors in the class. He has worked hard to help them improve what they do."

Gregory said Mayes also was a guardian on one of the Honor Flights that Gahanna helps sponsor and was one of three students who created a video shown at all district elementary and middle schools that helped raise money for the veterans.

The student production award competition received entries from colleges, universities and high schools across the chapter's four-state region, which includes Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Industry professionals judged and critiqued the entries, which showcased the talent of future broadcasters and media producers.

"The work of our region's students continues to impress the professionals who judge their submissions," said Leslie Blackston-Favors, high school student awards chairman for the Ohio Valley chapter.

"Across all the various media disciplines, the students of the Ohio Valley chapter embody the standard of excellence that (the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) was founded to maintain," said Harrison Hove, scholarship and college student awards chairman.

The Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was established in 1962.

It's dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television, and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry.

The Ohio Valley chapter presents the Emmy Award to television professionals in 13 markets and makes scholarships available to students at colleges and universities throughout the region.

Mayes will be a freshman in Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where he'll study news and information.

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