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W HE R E DR E A M S GO FA R A ND HIGH

ANDY SAMUEL

Majors: Communication, Sociology
Internships: UND Insider, NASA
Hometown: Burnsville, Minn.

The trick to a great toss is to keep your composure, even

Videography has uncapped a new lens to sports. Working

when the adrenaline surges, said Andy Samuel, senior

for UND Insider, the official channel of UND Athletics,

thrower at the University of North Dakota.

Samuel filmed games and edited highlight reels. “The

In last season’s indoor home meet, Samuel heeded his
own advice. His warm-up tosses were impressive. He
approached the competition with confidence.
“I made the finals, and I kind of had a feeling I was going
to get a big mark that day,” Samuel said.
He hurled the 35-pound ball some 58 feet. It was a top-

experience has given me a unique perspective of being
a student athlete,” said Samuel, a double major in
communication and sociology at UND.
Video production at UND turned out to also serve as a
trampoline to a summer 2019 internship as a multimedia
developer with NASA. He produced a video series titled
“One Small Step” that explored NASA’s past and present.

three result and his personal best, an accomplishment he

The agency nominated his work for a Webby Award, the

consciously had reached for in every meet.

definitive prize for digital excellence.

“It can be hard at first, especially as a freshman, because

learning a new language.”

“I was super excited and just honored
that NASA thought it is good enough to
be submitted for an award like that.”

The weight throw is an indoor track-and-field event in

But even after the nomination, Samuel keeps his head

which the athlete holds a metal handle that’s attached to

cool and his approach steady. He is just starting out.

you don’t throw weight in high school,” Samuel said.
“Getting to college, trying to learn to throw weight is like

the ball, spins and throws for distance. Samuel’s passion
for the event seems innate.
“Ever since ninth grade, I just had a love for the sport,”
said the Burnsville, Minn., native. But, Samuel has
other passions too. A multimedia course in high school
introduced Samuel to video, sowing a fascination that
has defined almost all aspects of his life.

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