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    Just weeks before graduating from Niagara College’s three-year Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program, Rachel Hodges along with Brandon Primmer were each honoured with a National Student Award from the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada.

    The BEAC awards recognize the unique combination of creativity and technical excellence demonstrated by students in radio, television, video and new media.

    Welland residents Primmer and Hodges both won the awards for work they completed as part of their studies: Primmer in the video category for his music video, “Let Yourself Go,” and Hodges in the audio category for her newscast that aired live in December on NC’s student radio station, CRNC The Heat.

    Primmer, who is originally from Owen Sound, created the music video for his film production class.

    He currently works as a videographer in Hamilton for AMV Productions and hopes to run his own production company someday specializing in music and corporate videos or commercials.

    Hodges, who is originally from Orillia, said she was grateful for the award and the experience she gained in all three streams of the College’s Broadcasting program – radio, television and film.

    “It has always been my goal to work in the news industry so being able to add a national news award to my resume will certainly be beneficial in the future,” said Hodges, who is currently putting her education to work in the field as an intern reporter at 610 CKTB. “It will help me stand out among a number of other talented and qualified applicants which is important in such a small and competitive industry.”

    At the end of May, the students were accompanied to Halifax by BRTF professors Bruce Gilbert and Peter VandenBerg to receive their awards.

    “Seeing our students win national awards reinforces that our Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program produces high-quality grads that leave with the tools necessary to get great jobs,” said Gilbert. “It was a privilege to represent Niagara College that night.”

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