FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven High School recently garnered acclaim in the world of media production thanks to one student’s National Student Production Award.

Earlier this month, Fairhaven High graduate Sean Flynn was presented with the award — known as a Student Emmy — from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his submission in the video essay category. His essay — described by the NATAS as a single or multi-part news story that is shot and edited by the submitter — delved into his then place of employment, New Bedford’s Greasy Luck Brewery.


Though Flynn won the award, he explained that the acknowledgment came as an utter surprise to him. So much of a surprise that he even hinted to his family via a group text that they probably didn’t need to watch for the results.

“You can tune in,” said Flynn. “I’m probably not going to win, though.”

Flynn, now studying communications at Florida State University, said that he nearly missed the announcement due to scheduling confusion between his announcement time, and the end of his afternoon psychology course.

“I was like the 22nd category, so I thought I’d make it back to my dorm,” said Flynn. “When I turned on the livestream as I was walking back to watch Mike and Jeff’s my category came up right away.”

The other two students he referred to are Mike Sargent and Jeff Szynal, whom were also nominated for Student Emmys in the short form non-fiction category. In addition to Flynn, Sargent, and Szynal, Kelsey Pereira was also nominated for her submission in the audio/sound recording category.