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Villa Students Win Big at 2016 ADDYs

By March 17, 2016June 13th, 2016Graphic Design, Press Release

On March 6, Western New York’s most esteemed advertising professionals gathered in the Statler to celebrate their hard work at the ADDY Awards.

The ADDY Awards are the advertising industry’s largest competition and they are awarded in recognition of the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. According to the Advertising Club of Buffalo, a record 500 professional and 40 student entries were received from area advertising agencies, professionals and students. They were scored by judges from New York City, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. This year’s judging panel consisted of:

  • Bill Starkey — Creative Director, 1Trick
  • Kelly Butler — Associate Creative Director, Freelance
  • Katherine O’Brien — Associate Creative Director, Code & Theory
  • John Howard — Senior Art Direction, Theory House

This year, Villa students had a particularly impressive showing, with four students winning seven awards, including Student Best of Show, one of the night’s biggest honors.

Villa’s student winners include:

Grace Gruarin, ’16 and Lucy Norton, ’16 – Silver ADDY for SKALD, collateral material / magazine design


Grace Gruarin,’16 – Gold ADDY for collateral material / stationary package

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Grace Gruarin,’16 – Silver ADDY for Fjallraven’s collateral material / annual report or brochure

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Samantha Lonczak, ’17 – Silver ADDY for Gravity sales promotion / packaging


Samantha Lonczak, ’17 – Silver ADDY for digital advertising / website (desktop or mobile)


Jessica Puskar, ’16 – Gold ADDY for No. 2 Pencil Box, sales promotion / packaging


Jessica Puskar, ’16 – Student Best of Show


Congratulations to Grace, Lucy, Samantha and Jessica for the well-deserved recognition of your hard work. We are proud of your accomplishments!

Update — April 18, 2016

The 2016 District Two American Advertising Awards took place on April 15 & April 16, 2016. Entries were received from the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. At the District Two ADDYS, Villa Maria College was recognized in the following ways:

SKALD ’16 – Gold ADDY

SKALD will now be submitted to the national award competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.

Grace Gruarin,’16 – Silver ADDY for Fjallraven’s annual report.

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Grace’s project will now be submitted to the national award competition as well.

Update — June 13, 2016

The National American Advertising Awards reception took place on June 7, 2016. Over 40,000 entries were received from each state in the US. Villa Maria College was represented in the following way:

Grace Gruarin,’16 – Silver ADDY for Fjallraven’s collateral material / annual report or brochure.

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