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Three MDC Students Win National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarships

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Miami, May 2, 2012 - The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) – in collaboration with its partners in education – Univision 23, WPLG Local 10, Telemundo 51, WSVN 7, and NBC 6 – awarded scholarships to three students in Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Entertainment and Design Technology (SEDT).

Selected for their studies in the fields of television production and journalism, and overall GPAs, each will receive a scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 to use toward tuition, books and supplies. 

“Our students in the School of Entertainment and Design Technology continue to excel and we are very proud to have them awarded by this national academy,” said North Campus President Dr. José Vicente.

Meet the scholarship winners:   

James Pierre, a radio & television production major with a 3.78 GPA, is already an experienced documentary producer with two programs – Haiti: Another Struggle and Haiti: Cholera – and has worked as director/editor on eleven music videos. Pierre is also an experienced voice-over talent, fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Creole.

Sandra A. Solis is also radio & television production major. She has a 4.0 GPA.  Born in Lima, Peru, Solis was valedictorian of her high school graduating class. She then moved to New York City where she interned with the Nickelodeon channel. Solis is currently shooting a documentary about stand-up comedy.

Jael Teme is studying journalism and mass communications, and has a 3.78 GPA. Originally from Argentina, she attended the Universidad de la Empresa in Buenos Aires before moving to South Florida. Teme has been a staff writer with MDC’s student newspaper, The Reporter, for the past two years. In addition, she interned at and hosted the Christian radio show, FUEGO, for station CVC- La Voz. She plans to continue her education in journalism at Florida International University next year.  

In related news, at MDC’s recent commencement on April 28, the first class of students in MDC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Film, Television & Digital Production graduated. This is one of MDC’s more than a dozen four year programs for in-demand careers.


To learn more about MDC’s School of Entertainment & Design Technology, please call 305-237-1696, or visit:

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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