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UCO Department of Design Wins National Student ADDY Awards

July 29, 2014

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Staff Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3752,


The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Design recently won three national Student ADDY Awards. 

The winning Central students are Kenna Baker, student silver for her publication design “Naughty Nona Moving Book”; Riko Matsuoka, student silver for her element of advertising project “Goldfish Princess”; and James Adams, student silver for his element of advertising project “Bedtime Story.”           

“The Department of Design is very proud of the results of this year’s ADDY Awards,” said Amy Johnson, M.F.A., chair of the department.           

“The students’ outstanding performance is evidence of the quality of their work, our faculty’s commitment to helping students learn and the high quality of a UCO design education,” Johnson continued.           

Each national award-winning student was among the 31 Central graphic design students who brought home a total of 90 awards at the 2014 Oklahoma City ADDY Awards, including the coveted “Braggy” award, given to the university with the most student winners.           

The state winners went on to the AFF District 10 competition, which includes Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and northwest Louisiana.  Central design students won a total of six gold awards, 10 silver awards and seven bronze awards at the district level.           

The ADDY Awards are the advertising industry’s largest competition, attracting more than 50,000 entries every year in the local competitions throughout the nation.  The Student ADDY Awards are a three-tier national competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation and National Ad 2, and recognize and reward creative excellence by students.           

“It is incredibly gratifying to see all the hard work, rigorous standards and high expectations pay off at the local, regional and national levels of the ADDY Awards,” Johnson concluded.           

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