Emory & Henry College Staff and Students Capture Double-Digit Advertising Awards

Posted on: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by Brent Treash
For the third year in a row, Emory & Henry College staff and students collected numerous American Advertising Awards, formerly known as ADDYs, hosted by the American Advertising Federation of Southwest Virginia.

For the third year in a row, Emory & Henry College staff and students collected numerous American Advertising Awards, formerly known as ADDYs, hosted by the American Advertising Federation of Southwest Virginia.

In the student division, Emory & Henry College students took home five awards, including three silvers and two gold.

Lauren Sapp of Terry’s Fork, Va. grabbed a gold award for her video called “More Love Letters,” which promotes strangers leaving love letters in random places all over the of the world.

Kelsey Hubbard of Atlanta, Ga. took the top prize in the radio category for her public service announcement focusing on the dangers of texting and driving.

Silver awards were given to students Christina Druen of Arrington, Va. for her work on a video promoting the Kickstarter campaign for the music band Annabelle’s Curse. Kali Gentry of Chilhowie, Va. was recognized for her poster campaign spotlighting the student-led faith group Encounter. Taylor Banner of Castlewood, Va. was honored for her work on a poster series for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.

The AAF SWVA also handed out the first-ever Silver Medal Award in Southwest Virginia. This prestigious award, which serves as a lifetime achievement award, was given to Dirk Moore, E&H director of public relations. Moore was honored for his 21 years of experience at the college and his community leadership in Glade Spring, Va.

Other Public Relations employees to win awards were Leah Prater, web and publications assistant in the Public Relations Office, who was honored by the AAF with a silver award, this time for her design campaign with the Emory & Henry International Month event series; Kevin Call, the assistant director of electronic communications, who picked up a silver trophy for his design work on a recruitment email for the Summer Adventure Program; and Jamie Smyth, associate director of public relations, who along with Mark Graham, executive assistant to the president, was honored with a silver award for her work on the campaign for the presidential inauguration of Jake Schrum.

The Emory & Henry College Office of Admissions picked up its first-ever silver award for the postcard series entitled “Emory & Henry and You.” The series was collaboration between Sean Webber and Tom Corcoran of Corcoran Communications and Anthony Graham and Jamie Smyth of Emory & Henry College.

Amber Amburgey (class of 2007) of 2Color Design partnered with Dave Voskuil, Matt Crisman, and Anthony Graham in the Admissions Office to pick up their own silver award for the Emory & Henry College admissions acceptance packet.

Finally, Assistant Director of First-Year Admissions at Emory & Henry College Alex Veatch (class of 2010) took home her own silver award for her creation of a logo for the Tastes of the Towns tour in Abingdon, Va.

The American Advertising Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.


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