WAYNE, Neb. -- "Shock" and "jaw-dropping" were just some of the words that Wayne State College junior Grant Ferrell used to describe the feeling how he felt after hearing his very own name during the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards.

“Wow, we did it,” Ferrell said. “We’re in New York City, we’re going home with a trophy. We’re putting our name out there once again. You know what? It’s awesome that we’re here.”

In October, Ferrell placed fourth at the College Broadcasters, Inc. for Best News Feature Reporting in Orlando. His piece explained the Nebraska Legislature.

This time, at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards, he was nominated for the Best Station or Event Promo. His piece was about the "Deux Femmes Pianistes" concert at Wayne State.

“I didn’t make it to win awards,” Ferrell said. “I made it because I thought it was an interesting thing that was happening on campus but now it has won an award which is always a cool thing.”

Ferrell's piece competed with work from large universities such as the University of Kansas, Auburn University and Rutgers University.

“The work that you do doesn’t always have to be for a crazy large business or university or college,” Ferrell said. “Do what you can with what you have and sometimes that’s just enough to make it work.”

Ferrell credits his success to his peers around him and his advisor, Dr. Sean Ahern, who helped guide him during his trip to the Big Apple.

As the first Wayne State College student to win an Intercollegiate Broadcasting System award, Ferrell believes the future is bright for others in the radio program.

“Our entire classroom is just filled with students which is really cool,” Ferrell said. “We’re growing, we’re putting our name out there. We are on the map.”