Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU Grad a 3-Time Student Film Honoree

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU Grad a 3-Time Student Film Honoree

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Byline: Cindy Holifield & Sandy Strickland

Josh Smooha is the first student filmmaker to be honored three times in one year by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, a charitable branch of the Emmys.

Smooha received a College Television Award, also known as the College Emmy, in the children's category for "Cootie Contagion," a digital short he directed. He also received the $10,000 Mr. Rogers Memorial Scholarship for his study of children's media.

Rounding out his awards, he was selected for one of 40 coveted positions in the foundation's student internship program. The program offers students the chance to immerse themselves in the television industry with a paid eight-week internship in their field of interest.

"The Academy Foundation has provided me with so many great opportunities to get recognition and experience in the film industry," Smooha said. "Working on my short film 'Cootie Contagion' was a labor of love, and winning a College Television Award and the Mister Rogers Scholarship was a wonderful reward.

Smooha, the son of Fred Smooha of Palm Coast, is a graduate of Flagler Palm Coast High School and Florida State University.

For more information on the foundation and the various scholarships and awards it offers, go to

Here's more good news:

- Amalia Vogler has become the first recipient of the $10,000 Kinne Scholarship for graduate business study. Vogler graduated summa cum laude from Jacksonville University in December with a bachelor of business administration. This fall she will continue at JU in the master's program with a concentration in accounting and finance.

The award was named for Harry and Frances Bartlett Kinne. Fran Kinne worked to create the College of Business and became JU's president in 1979.

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- The Nassau County Sheriff's Office "Bears on Patrol" deputies have a sleuth of bears to choose from when handing out to children in need during emergency calls. …

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