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Moon Township, Pa. – WTAE-TV anchor Andrew Stockey will be the keynote speaker Wednesday, April 15, at the 16th annual TVT Spring Student Festival at Robert Morris University.

The Spring Student Festival is the Academy Awards for local middle school and high school film students – minus the pretentious Hollywood starlets. Students submit videos in several categories including documentary, news, public service and magazine. The videos are judged by RMU faculty, and the winners are announced at the festival.

“It gives the students an opportunity to see what their peers are creating. It’s a great chance for students to network with one another,” said RMU alumnus Brian Brown, chairman of TVT and a Penn Hills High School history teacher.

TVT, the Television and Video Teachers Consortium, has 300 members throughout the Pittsburgh region. TVT is based at Robert Morris University, which has one of the region’s top television and video production programs.

The Spring Student Festival takes place from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Sewall Center Arena at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Stockey will speak at 10 a.m., and the awards ceremony gets underway at 10:30.

Acting as emcee of the event is RMU senior Chris Walker, who is earning a degree in television and video production. Walker entered several videos in the festival when he was a student at Fort Cherry High School in Washington County, and he was a winner in the news category.

“It really was a good experience just being able to see your work showcased with all your peers,” said Walker.

TVT influenced Walker’s decision to attend RMU, where he has been a fixture on the campus’ regular televised newscasts and even got to cover the 2008 presidential campaign alongside professional newscasters. You can see Walker in action by clicking here.

“People from other colleges and universities are amazed when they hear what we do,” said Walker.