Glenbrook North is one of five nationwide graduates to be awarded a Broadcast Journalism Fellowship
The moral of this story is to check your voicemail.
Recent Glenbrook North graduate Ethan Levy was on his summer job delivering pizza when he got a phone call from Kentucky.
“I don’t really know anyone from Kentucky,” he told the Northbrook Herald.
Levy let the call go to voicemail, thinking it was spam. He delivered a pie, got back into his car, and checked the message.
It was not a robot.
It was the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences that informed the new University of Missouri journalism student that he had received the $ 10,000 Linda Giannecchini Memorial Scholarship awarded to a student. pursuing a career in the television industry.
He is the first Glenbrook North student to achieve this level of scholarship for his broadcasting accomplishments, according to Tarah O’Connell, public relations and communications specialist for Glenbrook School District 225.
Levy, who recorded a GPA of 3.83, oversaw more than 60 projects during the 2019-2020 school year as an executive producer for Glenbrook North Broadcasting.
“He has technological skills and performing skills. A lot of people have one, but not both,” said broadcasting professor Todd Rubin.
Levy has already been placed in three journalism courses at Mizzou – each in person, at this point – where he plans to study broadcast journalism.
One of five university seniors selected by NATAS for a national scholarship, he was awarded the $ 2,500 Board of Governors scholarship from the NATAS Chicago Midwest Chapter.
“I am very grateful and honored to receive not only the scholarship but also recognition from NATAS at the regional and national levels,” said Levy. “I am very grateful that they took the time to recognize my potential as a new freshman in college, and very excited to see where I will end up in four years as I hope to cross the stage or the football field in Mizzou. “
At Glenbrook North, where he was a finalist for the school’s “Outstanding Boy” award in his senior year, Rubin said Levy has done more than just reach his potential.
“From the day he walked through the door at Glenbrook North, he has been an important part of our broadcast service,” said Rubin. “During his four years there, he has helped our program grow in countless ways. Whether it’s the technology, our live production team, or the classroom programming, he has his mark on every element of Glenbrook North Broadcasting.
Levy is so invested that Rubin said he installed equipment in the high school that would allow him to connect remotely from Columbia University to provide help if needed.
“He’s very proud of what we do. He’s special,” said Rubin.
What’s special is finding out that you just won $ 10,000 delivering pizza.
“Honestly, I was shocked when I got this call,” Levy said.
“I don’t know what the best way to put it, but I wasn’t determined to get this scholarship because I know I have worked with a lot of people who are incredibly talented, passionate and motivated in the world of broadcasting journalism at the secondary level It was an honor to know that I was competing with all these people who have similar aspirations and mentalities, ”he said.