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Southern Miss Graphic Design Majors Win Top Awards in ADDY Competition PDF Print E-mail
Monday, February 15, 2010
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Senior graphic design majors from The University of Southern Mississippi won five gold and seven silver awards Saturday, Feb. 6 at the 2009 ADDY awards at the Marriott Hotel in Gulfport, Miss.

Hosted by the Mississippi Gulf Coast chapter of the American Advertising Federation, the ADDY awards are considered the world’s largest and toughest advertising competition. “This is a way for our students to meet professionals in the field,” said DeAnna Douglas, graphic design professor at Southern Miss. “It’s also a way for the advertising community to know about the quality graphic design program here at Southern Miss.”

Overall award winners included Millie Worthington of Hawaii, Best in Student Show; Andrew Fountain of Gulfport, Miss., Student Judge’s Award in Illustration; and Melinda Gonzalez of Baton Rouge, La. Student Judge’s Award in Packaging.

Gold award winners were Worthington in the packaging and animation; Brenna Aplin of Hattiesburg and Karen Raiford of Tylertown, Miss. in the magazine campaign; and Andrew Fountain of Gulfport, Miss. and Michael Maruszak of Brandon, Miss. in mixed media.

Silver award winners include Sophia Benn of New Augusta, Miss. in poster design, logo design and editorial spreads; Worthington in newspaper ads; and Sarah Gonzalez of Baton Rouge, la. in editorial spreads and illustrations.

Southern Miss students majoring in graphic design won 12 awards from the American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards held in Gulport on Saturday, Feb. 6. The ADDY Awards are considered to be the world’s largest and toughest advertising competition by professionals in the advertising field. Student winners include, from left, Sarah Gonzalez of Baton Rouge, La.; Sophia Benn of New Augusta, Miss.; Melinda Gonzalez of Baton Rouge, La.; Brenna Aplin of Hattiesburg; Millie Worthington of Hawaii; and Andrew Fountain of Gulfport.

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