TROY design students win ADDY awards at regional, national levels

Five students and alumni won regional ADDY awards with one student winning a national award.

Five students and alumni won regional ADDY awards with one student winning a national award.

After winning 27 American Advertising Awards in Troy University’s two local markets, Dothan and Montgomery, five design students’ work continued to win at the regional and national levels.

In the regional competition, now-alumni Nathan Hobbs, Howard Purvee and Zack Pappanastos won a Silver ADDY for their Stephen King Catalog commercial campaign which was created as a freelance project for their client Dave Hinchberger, author of the book. This is the second year in a row their Stephen King Catalog commercial series have won ADDY awards.

The second project representing TROY at the regional level was created by Icie Wallace and entitled “Mykonos,” a kinetic-type project set to the song “Mykonos” by Fleet Foxes. Wallace won a Gold ADDY and Best in Show for her animation—the top award at the regional level besting all creative students from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Tong Ling, one of TROY’s 1-2-1 international students from Changzhou Institute of Technology, also won a regional Silver ADDY for her thesis project “Year After Year.” The award marks Ling’s sixth award for “Year After Year,” which tells the story of growing up in China without having her parents around during her developmental years.

All three projects from TROY’s students that were honored regionally then went on to compete at the national level in Salt Lake City, Utah during the American Advertising Federation’s annual Admerica Conference. Ling’s “Year After Year” was selected as a Silver winner, one of the highest honors bestowed upon creative students nationwide.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award and lucky to have met such wonderful faculty such as Professor Greg Skaggs, Chris Stagl and Silvia Li,” she said.

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 25,000 entries every year in local AAF Ad Club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Troy’s Art & Design department won a total of 31 awards during this ADDY season.

“I continue to be amazed by the quality and volume of the incredible creative that our students produce yearly,” said Greg Skaggs, Department Chair for Art & Design.