Among the RBTV students winning awards for projects this spring were (front row, from left) Jenny Thomas, Delilah Luna del Castillo, Makayla Angshed, (back row) Jacob O’Brien and Sam Egan. | Provided

Six RBTV students received Crystal Pillar nominations for TV projects they produced in their media arts classes at Riverside-Brookfield High School during the 2022-23 academic year. 

The Crystal Pillar nominations were presented by the National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences at the high school video awards held in Naperville in May. The nominees were seniors Sam Egan and Jake O’Brien for their sports talk show “CrossOver Sports” and Egan, O’Brien and junior Matt Morgan for Live Event Sport Coverage, “Bulldog Basketball.”

Junior Makayla Angshed was nominated in News Package category for “Dusty Groove” and in Music Video for “Busy.” Sophomore Liam Hickey was nominated for his talk show “The Fantasy Rundown.”

Winning Crystal Pillars were Egan and O’Brien in Sports Talk Show for “CrossOver Sports” and Egan, O’Brien and Morgan in Live Event Sport Coverage.

RBTV students won additional awards at the same festival from the Midwest Media Educators Association. RBTV students won first place in High School News Program for “RBTV News.”

The news program was a collaborative effort between two production classes and featured senior Delilah Luna del Castillo and Angshed as anchors. Egan and O’Brien took second place in Sports Talk Show for “CrossOver Sports,” Angshed came in third for her “11 Miles” Movie Trailer, and Hickey received fifth place for his talk show “Backtalk” with WGN-TV’s Micah Materre.

On campus

Brookfield resident Avery E. Bowen graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in consumer economics/public policy with a minor in media from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May. 

Bowen was also a Chancellor Scholar and recipient of the Bronze Tablet Award, recognizing the top 3% of students in the graduating class. She was also selected as a member of the Class of 2023’s Senior 100 Honorary, which recognizes 100 seniors based on academic achievement and campus involvement.

Among those awarded degrees in May from the University of Iowa were Riverside residents Gabrielle Nolan (Bachelor of Business Administration in finance), Lizbeth Casillas (B.A. in psychology), Sara LaMantia (B.S. in human physiology) and Veronica Cariveau (Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing) and Brookfield residents Jacklyne Raygoza (B.A. in health studies) and Katelyn Malikowski (B.A. in elementary education).

Casillas and Cariveau also were named to the university’s 2023 spring semester dean’s list. 

Also making the University of Iowa dean’s list were Brookfield resident Angelica Aranda; Riverside residents Annalisa Cinkay, Ethan Ranft and Rebecca Melero; and North Riverside resident Gianna Calderon.

Among those receiving degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, this spring were Riverside residents Cathy Maloney, Mike Maloney, Hannah Pecis and Hunter Spohnholtz.

Milwaukee School of Engineering has named three local students on its 2023 spring quarter dean’s list. Riverside residents Anthony Perry (computer science) and Luka Malovic (software engineering) achieved High Honors for maintaining grade-point averages of at least 3.7 on a 4-point scale.

Brookfield resident Clayton Stewart made the dean’s list for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.2.

Maxwell Didio, of Brookfield, was named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. The audio production major earned a semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Among those named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.75 at Elmhurst University were North Riverside residents Adam Bojovic and Evelyn Diaz; Brookfield residents Madison Darcy, Elizabeth Hamilton, Ruby Kennett and Alexis Oropezza-Baker; and Riverside resident Abigail Salamanca.

Christian Gatsos, of Brookfield, was named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. A neuroscience major, Gatsos earned a semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Among those named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list at the University of Alabama for achieving GPAs of at least 3.5 were Brookfield residents Ryan Kudia and Kyle Paeth; North Riverside resident Isabel Anaya; and Riverside residents Lauren Dvorak, Catherine Glawe and Quinn Van Nice.

Leah Kowalski, of Brookfield, named to the 2023 spring semester president’s list at Ohio University’s in Athens for attaining a semester GPA of 4.0 with in minimum of 12 credit hours.