Stu­dent wins Emmy award

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

“My heart just stopped,” Cort­ney Brooks said. “ft was WKH ORnJHVW fiYH VHFRnGV RI my life.”

WKHn BURRNV fiUVW VSRNH about her school’s col­le­giate Emmy award nom­i­na­tion for a video she helped pro­duce as part of a group project, she had high doubts that she would go on to win it all.

That is un­til the cer­e­mony proved dif­fer­ently.

The Neu­mann Univer­sity se­nior said hear­ing her school had won the award was crazy and ev­ery­one started scream­ing. Their com­peti­tor, Tem­ple Univer­sity, had a long his­tory of pro­duc­ing award-win­ning videos, which Brooks said made the team doubt its chances.

The evening be­gan at the Sher­a­ton So­ci­ety eill eo­tel Sept. 22 with a cock­tail hour. Brooks said she was dis­ap­pointed be­cause she had hoped to see some fa­mous faces from lo­cal Ts broad­casts dur­ing the cock­tail hour as she had brought with her some busi­ness cards to hand out as part of her net­work­ing strat­egy.

Af­ter cock­tails, the Blue Bell na­tive and the rest of her team set­tled into the banquet for din­ner and the awards pre­sen­ta­tions.

“f didn’t know it’d be as nice as it was,” Brooks said.

The 22-year-old said the col­le­giate award was one of the last pre­sented, and two and a half hours af­ter the start of the cer­e­mony, the col­lege “gen­eral news as­sign­ment” cat­e­gory be­gan.

When the Neu­mann team won the award, its se­nior sem­i­nar pro­fes­sor haren Thomas, of Fox 29 news, stood up cheer­ing and ac­cepted the award on be­half of the group.

fn her ac­cep­tance speech, Thomas said the group “worked re­ally hard” and con­grat­u­lated the mem­bers for the win.

Brooks said she was sur­prised when the tro­phy wasn’t the clas­sic Emmy award, but rather a “pil­lar.” She said while they each got to take a pic­ture with the award, the school got to keep the tro­phy while the group mem­bers LnVWHDG UHFHLYHG FHUWL­fiFDWHV hon­or­ing the achieve­ment.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, Brooks said her fa­ther was in­cred­i­bly proud. She said he em­bar­rassed her by walk­ing past some Ts crew mem­bers and tap­ping them on the shoul­der say­ing “my daugh­ter’s grad­u­at­ing, she’ll be com­ing to see you” and handed them a busi­ness card.

She said her dad framed WKH FHUWL­fiFDWH, YLGHRWDSHG the whole ex­pe­ri­ence and hasn’t stopped brag­ging to ev­ery­one he knows about the award.

“Only Dad would do that,” Brooks said.

She said she’ll be grad­u­at­ing in De­cem­ber and the job search is still tough. iook­ing at Ts sta­tions in mostly south­ern states, Brooks said she’d like to branch out and be on her own for a change.

As far as the fu­ture goes though, one thing is clear.

“f want an­other Emmy,” she said. “ft won’t be the last.”

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