UNCP Art Students Sweep Top Awards at Annual "Addy Rising Star" Competition


Once each year the American Advertising Federation (AAF) sponsors the annual national ADDY Awards competition for advertising professionals and students aspiring to work in the communication and advertising arts. The student category is termed the “Rising Star” awards and, like the competition held for professionals, their work is judged by geographical region with winners sent on to district, then national level competitions. The Fayetteville Area Advertising Federation (FAAF) is the organizing body in the southeastern region of North Carolina.

This past Saturday the awards banquet for the 2001 ADDYs was held at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum on Hay Street in Fayetteville. Students’ work was judged in 12 categories with Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals given in each category -- including multiple awards at each level at the judges discretions.

At the 2001 ADDY “Rising Star” awards 13 UNCP Art Department students won awards in the 8 categories they entered. The winners are: Ty Allen, Kristen Smith, Jason Brady, Gina Marie Gibson, Jason McGee, Elizabeth Musselwhite, Sarah Brown, Benjamin Troy Requena, Jennifer Kay Blue, Daniel Maynor, Cheryl Stewart, Lisa Wilson, and Jamie Ellis.

In addition to the medals at the ADDYs competition, awards are given for “Judges’ Special Recognition” which recognize extraordinary creative and technical work. In 2001 both these awards were won by UNCP students: Jason Brady and Sarah Brown. Jason is a senior Art major with a concentration in Computer Graphics, Sarah Brown is also a student in Computer Graphics and the Editor-in-Chief of the UNCP Yearbook the Indianhead.

Moreover, the art work judged as “Best in Show” and as well as the “People’s Choice”award went to senior Art major, with a Computer Graphics concentration, Benjamin Troy Requena. Mr. Requena’s “Best in Show” work will now be forwarded to the next level of competition.

Overall, UNCP students claimed all 4 top ADDY “Rising Star” awards and 23 of the 45 total medals awarded in the 2001 competition. Congratulations to all concerned.

For more information contact: Dr. J.A. Labadie, UNCP Art Department, at 910.521.6618