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Impressed with Nick Ericksons film talents
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
I am fortunate to have clients (and friends) named Scott and Myra Erickson. Scott and Myra have lived in Manteca for 21 years. Myra is a kindergarten teacher at Shasta Elementary School and Scott is a housing specialist for the City of Pleasanton. Those of you in the service industry know about the special clients that make your job fun and rewarding. The Ericksons are an example of my special clients - they are kind, caring, knowledgeable people who consistently do what they say they are going to do. They are also people who together have raised two extraordinary children, Andrew and Nick, who graduated from Sierra High School in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Both children are creative and intelligent. Andrew is now a marketing manager for DPS Telecon in Fresno.
 
About four years ago, Scott shared with me that his son, Nick, planned to go to Chapman University in Orange, California. Scott and Myra were concerned about how to cover the costs of such a prestigious, private university. Their son was talented with a movie camera, the Ericksons knew it, so they found a way to make their son’s dream come true. Chapman has a Film and Media Arts College that is second to none. The University was named to the list of top universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review.

 I knew Nick was doing really well in college. He had directed some short films that had been nominated for awards over the years. But this month his awards were astonishing....his team won the district level championship for the American Advertising Foundations annual competition. State Farm sponsored the competition this year to search for fresh ideas to change the perception of State Farm among 18 - 24 year olds. I was absolutely blown away when I saw his team’s entry. The ADDY® Awards is the World’s Largest Advertising Competition with over 60,000 entries annually, and is arguably the toughest.

Nick’s graduation from Chapman University was on May 22, 2010. On the eve of his graduation, Nick’s talent was displayed in his senior thesis film “Palm County,” which was nominated for six awards, more than any other film at Chapman University. “Palm County” was awarded  - Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. Wow!  Those who know Nick can say....”We knew Nick when....”

Nick’s ADDY® Award entry will be competing at the national competition in Orlando, Florida on June 10 and 11. The entry can be viewed online at: http://vimeo.com/11197544
 Crystal Downs
State Farm Agent
Manteca
May 28, 2010