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Four MVNU students honored with NRB media production awards

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University students were recently honored by the intercollegiate branch of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) for placing in the organization’s 2019 student production contests. The awards were announced at the annual NRB Convention in Anaheim, California.

Lilly Buckley, a junior Journalism and Media Production (JMP) major from Mount Vernon, placed second in the Radio Imaging category with her 60-second promo for WNZR 90.9 FM called Christmas Chaos.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Buckley. “I had fun putting together my spot and was excited to see it do well in the competition. It’s always a pleasure competing against talented students from across the country and celebrating with my fellow MVNU students.”

Hannah Radke, a junior Communication Studies major from Medina, Ohio, and Malisa Simco, a junior JMP/American History double major from Portsmouth, Ohio, teamed up and finished third in the Radio PSA category for their Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign production.

“It feels so amazing to see our hard work pay off,” said Simco. “Placing in NRB has given me confidence in being a creator — it means the world to me. Hannah and I made such a fantastic team!”

Hunter Sutyak, a sophomore JMP major from Newark, Ohio, finished third in the Radio News/Sports Production category for his play-by-play announcing of MVNU men’s basketball.

“It’s awesome to place in NRB,” said Sutyak. “I wasn’t expecting it — I just had fun creating my entry.”

This is the 13th consecutive year that one or more MVNU students have placed in the top three nationally in either audio or video. Upperclassmen students taking media production courses at MVNU this past fall submitted projects following the NRB guidelines. The top projects were then evaluated and entered into the contest. 

“We’re very excited to have students place again this year in the NRB contests,” said Joe Rinehart, chair of MVNU’s Department of Communication. “To have the work our students do be recognized by professionals around the country is important. It also motivates our faculty and students to continue working together in creating media messages with an impact.”

The intercollegiate branch of NRB is committed to promoting excellence and integrity, and providing a forum for student and faculty members to network and share ideas and goals.

For more information on MVNU’s communication studies program, visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.