Champlain College Student Jack Carpenter Wins College Television Emmy Award

Jack Carpenter '15 accepting his College Television Emmy Award. Source: Facebook

Jack Carpenter '15 accepts his College Television Emmy award. Source: Facebook.com

BURLINGTON —While most students are celebrating the end of finals and college graduation this week, Champlain College student Jack Carpenter is having his own celebration - winning his first Emmy award.

On April 23, the Television Academy hosted the 35th annual College Television Awards, a nationwide competition that recognizes excellence in college student-produced video, digital and film work. Each year, hundreds of entries are received and only a few are selected to win in a variety of categories, including animation, comedy, commercial, drama, and more. Carpenter, a junior at Champlain College currently studying Broadcast and Streaming Media, was awarded 1st Place for his self-produced television show, Lake Night With Jack Carpenter, in the Alternative category. Carpenter, who spent his spring semester studying abroad at one of Champlain's international campuses in Dublin, Ireland, ended his semester early to fly back to the states and attend the awards ceremony at the Television Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in Los Angeles. Each 1st place winner received a trophy along with a $2,000 cash prize.

When the award nominations were announced in March, Carpenter posted to Facebook, "Incredibly hyped to announce my show Lake Night with Jack Carpenter has been nominated for a College Television Emmy award. Infinite thanks to the dynamite talent and crew of the show and the people who watch it. This is big."

During his acceptance speech, Carpenter thanked his parents for attending the awards ceremony with him, and for "making" him. He continued with, "My mom has always been so supportive of me and my creative passions...and my dad is always there too, reminding me that this is the first trophy that I've won since T-ball."

Since his win, Carpenter posted on Facebook that he's "still in shock" and "hyped as hell for season two," presumably resuming when he returns to Champlain in the fall.

In June, Carpenter attended a taping of the TV show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with hopes to participate in the show's "Instant Songwriters" segment, where selected audience members are given a title and 40 minutes to write a song before performing it on-air. Despite lacking the ability to play guitar like most of the musicians appearing on the segment, Carpenter decided he would use his rapping skills to perform the song. As if it were fate, Carpenter discovered while waiting in line that the typical musical segment had changed to a special rappers edition for that night's taping. Carpenter was selected and performed his penned rap "Froggy Style" live on air on August 9. Read more and watch his addition video here.

In November, Carpenter announced on Facebook his three-year contract with London-based talent agency Viral Spiral for his YouTube and Vine content, including song parodies, comical videos, and other similar content.

Carpenter's ultimate dream is to one day host his own late night television show.

Lake Night with Jack Carpenter and some of Carpenter's other creative works, including his first original song "Hawaiian Shirt Nation" can be found on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/jackinthebox1313To view clips from the show and the Thank You Cam, as well as a recording of the event in its entirety, visit http://www.emmys.com/events/35th-college-television-awards


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.