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Steaming SEmmys stream student success

A smoggy city skyline with a blimp flying over it.

The 15th Annual SEmmy Awards Ceremony was held via YouTube Premiere on Friday, May 22, 2020. St. Petersburg College Digital Arts and Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) students joined Pinellas County High Schools in the first-ever Online SEmmy Awards.

Hosted by Seminole Campus Provost, Mark Strickland, from the comfort of his own living room, the event kicked off with some light-hearted comedy that continued throughout the event. This year’s ceremony was steampunk-themed. With a beautiful Steaming SEmmy’s logo, a vintage video introduction, and industrial transitions, the steampunk theme was beautifully executed. 

SPC Winners

  • Digital Imaging: Roxanne Mannello 
  • Graphic Design: Kaela Smith 
  • Photography: Brendon Agee 
  • Typography: Jessica Kelter 
  • Video Production: Malik Carr 
  • Music Composition: Matthew Morris 

High School Winners

  • Animation & Motion Graphics: Anh Ho 
  • Digital Imaging: Maxine McKay 
  • Graphic Design: Delaney Halter 
  • Photography: Nicole Hill 
  • Video Production: Ainsley Williams 
  • Music Composition: Kaylee Ramos 

Best in Show: Cornelian Dilemma by Anh Ho 

Congratulations to all of the 2020 SEmmy Award finalists and winners! A full recap of the ceremony can be viewed on YouTube.

Student finds musical calling in MIRA program

A band performs on stage.

Samer Jaber moved to Florida from Lebanon a year ago to stay with his uncle and pursue his education. He was excited to find that through the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) program at St. Petersburg College he would be able to focus on Music Production.

Musician plays the keyboard on stage.

The MIRA program at SPC offers students a well-rounded, technology-based education that incorporates creativity, technical training and business practices to prepare students to enter the creative and professional fields of recording, production and composition. Students also get the chance to learn from award-winning artists and composers through MIRA. One of Samer’s favorite parts of the program is that the students gain independence from learning how to do all the steps.

Within the year that he has been at SPC, Samer has quickly forged friendships with other musicians. Thanks to introductions by Professor Jeff Donovick, Samer is now a member of a band called White Light Radio. They recently played at the Emerging Artist Series Showcase at the Palladium Theater as part of the MIRA 10-year anniversary. Samer also serves on the MIRA advisory board as a student representative.

Samer was highlighted for this student profile as part of Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month at St. Petersburg College. To learn more about the different CTE degrees and certificates that SPC offers, please visit If you would like to read additional student profiles for CTE Month, be sure to check out the other SPC blogs at as well as the SPC Facebook page and Twitter account.