Gateway Students Take Top Honors In Cincinnati Ad Club 2011 Awards

Gateway Community and Technical College students won Best in Show as well as a Special Judges Choice award at the 2011 Cincinnati Ad Club Addy Awards competition. The students also won five Gold Addys and three Silver Addys in the annual competition."This year's ADDY judges, all from creative backgrounds but each with a different perspective, couldn't stop talking about the quality of student work they observed in the Cincinnati Student ADDY competition, said Judy Thompson, executive director of the AdClub Cincinnati. With four schools participating this year, our entries were up, and more awards were given. I think the fact that Gateway Community and Technical College walked away with both the Student ADDY Best of Show award and the only Student ADDY Special Judges' Award is a real tribute to the school, its Visual Communication program and to the talented educators behind that program."

Winning students and their entries include:

Aaron Dorsey, a second-year student from Manila in the Philippines but who resides in Ft. Mitchell, won Best of Show and a Gold Addy for his packaging design for a fictional Frutopia account. Dorsey entered a series of three flavors to demonstrate his package design versatility and maintain brand image.

Schuttes postage-stamp design won a Gold Addy and a special Judges Choice Award. Competing as a digitally enhanced illustration, the set of four stamps depicts animals associated with the Chinese calendar. Schutte is a second-year student from Independence.

Mollie Neff, a second-year student from Independence, took home a Gold Addy for her stationery package for the fictional Sprouts account. Neff also won a Silver award for a self-portrait illustration entitled Create Yourself.

Brad Rachford won two Gold Addys and a Silver for ads honoring military veterans or describing the plight of homeless veterans. Rachford is a second-year student Erlanger.

Brads Homeless Veterans campaign is compelling and emotional, said Toni Bloom, assistant professor of visual communication and chair of Gateways Business and Management Services Division. At the request of the Veterans Administration, he has submitted his campaign to it for possible use.

Melissa Chavez of Cincinnati, a June 2010 Gateway graduate, won a Silver award for her packaging design for the fictional TRU vodka.

All of the Gateway entries will be forwarded to compete in district level competition.