Vegas PBS Wins Telly Award for American Graduate Public Service Announcement

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(Las Vegas) – Vegas PBS has won a Telly Award for a public service announcement related to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative and the station’s supporting “It Pays to Stay” campaign. The PSA features Jessica Suarez, a local student, who had dropped out of high school, but returned due to the efforts of school administrators, Communities In Schools of Nevada coordinators, and Suarez herself. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions and web-based work. To view the award-winning PSA, please visit

Vegas PBS is committed to addressing Nevada’s high school dropout crisis in its role as a public service media organization. The station’s participation in the American Graduate program is integral to this mission. To support the effort, Vegas PBS developed a series of PSAs featuring Southern Nevadans who share why they stayed in school. The PSA featuring Jessica Suarez was co-produced by Director of Educational Media Services Lee Solonche and Senior Producer/Director Reggie LaFrance, both with Vegas PBS.

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious award for such a meaningful PSA. We thank Jessica for sharing her story which likely resonates with many Nevadans since our state has one of the highest dropout rates in the country. Vegas PBS is actively using its resources—national programs, local productions and PSAs, community outreach and outline materials—to encourage students to learn and stay in school,” said Vegas PBS Director of Educational Media Services Lee Solonche.

For more information about the participation of Vegas PBS in the American Graduate initiative and related resources, please visit

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