Several Riverside-Brookfield High School students who are part of the RBTV program at the school, received recognition at an awards ceremony by the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Midwest Chapter, including three who were nominated for the Crystal Pillar Award, given to students enrolled in TV production courses.

Crystal Pillar nominations went to senior Sara Vacek for her short film “The Wait,” junior Shiloh Washington for his videography on a film title sequence for “Mantra” and junior Caleb Schlesser, for his sports show “RBTV Game of the Week.”

Receiving the NATAS Award for Excellence were Beckett Nolan for his music video “That’s Touching” and Casey Vileta and Matt Angio for their show “Real Sports.”

Meanwhile, at the recent Midwest Media Educators Association (MMEA) High School Video Festival, Vacek won first place for her talk show “Stand with the Sioux,” a program produced cooperatively with sixth-grade students from Hauser Junior High in Riverside.

Other MMEA Finalists included freshman Zach Cameron for RBTV’s “The Late Hour,” senior Blythe Cotham for her “Veteran’s Day Tribute” and senior Brendan Shakeshaft for his “BleachLock” commercial.