Conestoga senior and “Good Morning ‘Stoga” anchor and reporter Varun Raghupathi had just finished a particularly difficult math test on April 26 when he received some surprising news that turned his day around. Raghupathi was awarded first place in the Talent category of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Mid- Atlantic Student Television competition.
“It was kind of surreal because I didn’t really expect to win I just thought it’d be cool to enter, see what happened,” Raghupathi said.
Senior Varun Raghupathi poses with his award. Jenna Spoont/The SPOKE
The Talent category includes entries involving any type of on-camera work. Raghupathi submitted some of his commentary from Conestoga soccer, basketball and football games. Raghupathi, who wants to enter a job in sports broadcasting and plans to attend Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications next year, said that the award was a helpful resumé booster.
“[I thought] why don’t I put my best together and send it to somebody, a professional, and see what they think, and then you know, if I don’t get any feedback, I don’t get any feedback. I have plenty of time for that, but if I if do end up winning, then maybe there’s something more to this–maybe I should keep going,” Raghupathi said.
Conestoga also received a nomination for a “Good Morning ‘Stoga” episode they entered in the Newscast category. Conestoga students earned nominations in the News Story-General Assignment and Arts, Entertainment and Cultural Affairs categories.
“Now [that] I got the award, it feels great,” Raghupathi said.