Fifteen students bring home awards
By Paisley Crosby
On February 23, Flagler College graphic design students, many decked out in ’80s attire for the “Ready to Rock” theme, brought home 24 prestigious gold and silver ADDYs at the Jacksonville American Advertising Federation’s ADDY Awards creative competition.
This is the second year Flagler students have entered the competition and industry professionals witnessed the “avalanche of Flagler victories” that night, according to graphic design assistant professor Randy Taylor. The only other college entered in the student categories was University of North Florida.
“These students have an instant credibility statement,” Taylor said. “It was a big deal.”
Taylor said the judges are very intense with the worthiness of an entry along with the level of excellence and high standards that determine winners. All forms of advertising and media are submitted, and the competition attracts more than 50,000 entries across the United States each year.
Individual ADDY Awards went to Joshua Ariza, Jerry Lambert, Alison Kasyjanski, Tyler Northcutt, Michael Charneco, Jamie Forgione, Grace Milburn, Jennifer Scott, Jennifer Whittington, Emily Dozier, Kate Groeneveld, Carina Hayes, Julie Long, Andy Luce and Jessica Roberts.
The designs submitted by the students included annual reports, stationery packages, illustrations, logos, posters, ad campaigns, single-spread layouts, direct marketing and interactive.
Speaking of the “Ready to Rock” themed night, Emily Dozier said, “It was a lot of fun. It was really neat to see all of the professionals dressed up and having a good time.” It was the first time entering for Dozier, an April graduate who submitted an ad campaign for Diabetes research funding and won a silver ADDY.