Broadcasting students earn national award nominations from CMA, CBI

Ten Goshen College students and recent alumni have been named finalists for Pinnacle Awards by the College Media Association (CMA), and 21 students and alumni have been named finalists for the National Student Production Awards by College Broadcasters Incorporated (CBI).

“The most rewarding aspect of these nominations is the depth and breadth among classes,” said Jason Samuel, associate professor of communication and WGCS general manager. “When seniors and first-year students are being recognized, it’s obvious that everyone understands the importance of excellent work. Our students know that they can only be successful when working together. Collaborative convergence is the future of the broadcasting industry.”

(From left) Nathan Pauls, Gabriella Klopfenstein, William Troyer, Benji Wall, Jeremiah Sherrill, Court Templeton, Zachariah Begly, Kadie Daye, Gabe Kermode.

Finalists for the CMA Pinnacle Awards include:

  • Best Audio Newscast: Amelia Turnbull, a sophomore broadcasting major from Fort Wayne, Indiana; Gabe Kermode, a junior broadcasting from Boulder City Nevada; Claudio Mobley, a sophomore broadcasting major from Salem, Oregon; Jeremiah Sherrill, a junior broadcasting major from Goshen;; Kadie Daye, a 2021 graduate from Valparaiso, Indiana; and William Troyer, a 2021 graduate from Goshen.
  • Best Audio Special Event Coverage for their work on 2020 election night coverage: Jeremiah Sherrill; Amelia Turnbull; Zach Begly, 2021 graduate from Evanston, Illinois; and Nathan Pauls, 2021 graduate from Kinzers, Pennsylvania.
  • Best Audio Sportscast for his coverage of the “Sports Equinox”: Dante Stanton, a sophomore broadcasting major from Elkhart, Indiana.

Winners will be announced at the 2021 National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 27-30.


Finalists for the CBI National Student Production Awards include:

  • Best Newscast: Amelia Turnbull, Kadie Daye; Gabe Kermode; Claudio Mobley; Jeremiah Sherrill; William Troyer.
  • Best Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Program for the “Breakfast Blend” morning show: Gabriella Klopfenstein, a senior public relations major from Goshen; Kadie Daye; Zach Begly; William Troyer.
  • Best Documentafry/Public Affairs for their feature Vital Passage: A Holocaust Rescue Story: FiveCore Media; Ash Caldera, a senior film production major from Boonton, New Jersey; Ben Hathaway, a broadcasting major from Goshen; Eric Miller, a senior film production major from Garfield Heights, Ohio; Nasim Fatemeh Rasoulipour, a 2019 graduate from Tehran, Iran; Benjamin Reimer, 2019 graduate from Goshen; and Jeremiah Sherill.
  • Best Live Production: Joshua Garcia, a sophomore film major from Elkhart, Indiana; Shianne Harrison, a 2021 graduate from Elkhart, Indiana; Macinsy Sanchez, a sophomore film production major from Goshen; Court Templeton, a junior broadcasting major from St. Louis, Missouri, and Eric Miller.
  • Best Hard News Reporting: Zacharia Begly; Nathan Pauls; Jeremiah Sherrill; and Amelia Turnbull.
  • Best DJ: Kadie Daye 
  • Best Public Service Announcement: Kadie Daye 
  • Best Public Service Announcement: Jeremiah Sherill and Dante Stanton.

Winners will be announced at the Fall National College Media Convention, date and time will be announced at a later date.


“Last year made us all shift our expectations and yet these students never let that affect their level of commitment or quality of work,” said Kyle Hufford, associate professor of communication and FiveCore Media executive director. “They all rose to the occasion and these nominations are a testament to hard work paying off. It is never easy for a small school to compete with large universities across the country, but our Goshen College Communication students make it look effortless.”

About College Broadcasters Incorporated National Student Production Awards:
CBI is a member-driven organization serving students and advisers of college and high school electronic media outlets. Through events, programs and a network of expertise, we provide our members with educational and professional opportunities and facilitate advocacy.

About College Media Association:
The voice of collegiate media and its advisers, College Media Association serves student media pros, staff and programs with education, research and resources. CMA communicates and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state and national levels. Founded in 1954 as the National Council of College Publications Advisers, CMA now has more than 700 members — the people who advise the nation’s collegiate media newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, broadcast and electronic media and their staff — from coast to coast.

About the Goshen College Communication Department:
The Goshen College Communication Department has been recognized in the state and nation for its excellence in broadcasting, journalism, speech, film production and writing. The department has been named Indiana TV and Radio school of the year multiple times, Best College Radio station in the nation twice, Indiana Broadcasters Association Best Radio Station, Best College Newspaper in the state and many more. Students from Goshen College’s Communication Program get hands-on learning opportunities with the department’s co-curriculars like, The Record, PRSSA, WGCS 91.1 The Globe, FiveCore Media and Globe TV.
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