A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses
Four Valencia College Associate in Science graphic and interactive design students have some new accolades to add to their resumes after winning a combined six American Advertising Awards in the student category. 2020 Orlando American Advertising Award winners from Valencia College are:
- Mirna Pierre: She received a Best of Student ADDY Award and Gold Student ADDY Award for her Bloom typeface design. Mirna works at the West Campus graphics lab as a part-time lab assistant and will graduate in spring 2020.
- Anthony Miracle: He was awarded a Silver Student ADDY Award for his design portfolio (completed in the program’s capstone course — GRA 1951C Portfolio Review) and a Silver Student ADDY Award for his Pan Am rebranding campaign. Anthony works at the West Campus graphics lab as a part-time lab assistant and graduated from the program in fall 2019.
- Julie Creus: Silver Student ADDY Award for her “Make Hate History” print advertisement. Julie works at the West Campus graphics lab as a part-time lab assistant and expects to graduate in summer 2020.
- Naomi Butler: Silver Student ADDY Award for her website redesign for Narcotics Anonymous.
The ADDY awards, as they are better known, are one of the graphic design industry’s largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through contests offered through local advertising clubs. This year, Orlando awards were held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the Alfond Inn at Rollins College.
Participating students were funded through West Campus Student Development, said Meg Curtiss, professor, graphic design.
“Winning an ADDY is a huge boost to a student’s recognition in the design community — opening employment and project opportunities both locally and nationally,” she said.
Meg added that Valencia students have participated in these awards for decades, sweeping the student categories regularly. However, entry fees for the awards have gone up, which has made it more difficult for students to afford to participate. If you have ideas for funding award submission fees or the registration fees for students to attend the awards ceremony, please contact Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our students continuously make us proud with or without outside recognition,” said Meg. “But it certainly helps their job opportunities to have funding available to support entry fees.”