Pennsylvania College of Technology has won its second Telly Award of the year, thanks to a video featuring an inspirational student.
“Masonry with Nicole” is a bronze winner for motivational online video programming in the 35th annual international competition.
The nearly four-minute video features Nicole Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster, a student in the building construction technology: masonry emphasis major.
Reyes-Molina is shown excelling in a nontraditional major as she juggles classroom work, extensive hands-on training in Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building and playing for the women’s intercollegiate basketball team.
Her documented efforts are all the more impressive considering she is deaf.
“Without a doubt, Nicole is one of the most impressive individuals I have ever encountered,” said Tom Speicher, writer/video editor, who shot, produced and edited the award-winning entry. “Her perseverance and positive attitude serve as a model both for students and those established in their careers. She is truly an inspiration. It was an honor to do this video.”
Sarah S. Moore, disability services sign language interpreter, served as Reyes-Molina’s interpreter for the interview snippets that appear in the video.
“Masonry with Nicole” was one of approximately 12,000 Telly Award entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs; the finest video and film productions; and online commercials, video and films.
The college’s career-awareness series – “degrees that work.tv” – won a Telly earlier this year for informational programming. The winning episode, a joint production with WVIA Public Media, focused on management careers.
“Nicole’s story is uplifting, and this video conveys her determination to succeed in all aspects of her life,” said Joseph S. Yoder, public information director. “We’re delighted with this additional recognition from the Telly Awards.”
In addition to Reyes-Molina’s video and the “degrees that work.tv” series, the Penn College YouTube channel is home to more than 100 videos featuring various aspects of the college, ranging from news stories to student profiles to oral history interviews.