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Texas Creative students wow judges at 2014 Addys

Advertising folk recently gathered at the W Hotel in the heart of downtown to celebrate industry accomplishments and reveal the 2014 Austin Advertising Federation Addy Awards. Texas AdGrad is proud to announce that students from Texas Creative earned 25 awards in ten categories, including Best of Show.

“Winning an Addy is a nice way to round out my time here,” said Jacqui Bontke, senior advertising major and student in the sequence. “The Texas Creative professors have done a pretty great job of teaching us how to get to this point.”

Texas Creative stresses big-idea branding, conceptual thinking, collaboration, and creative development through courses and seminars like Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Portfolio Development, Copywriting and Art Direction.

Sean Thompson, senior lecturer in Texas Creative continues to be humbled by the quality of the work shown by his students.

“It's been an amazing ride. Our students are always pushing boundaries, and I learn from them in class every day,” said Thompson. “We're sort of a family, and cohorts really bond together from year to year, which in turn creates really strong friendships and networks that last long into their professional lives.”

We caught up with Ryan Warner and Jacqui Bontke, advertising Texas Creative students, as they shared some of their thoughts:

Check out more on Ryan and Jacqui at our YouTube channel.

A full list of winners is below. Congrats again to all AdGrads!

Best of Show

Change.org, Empowering Virtual Visionaries - Annie Lin, AD

Gold ADDY® Awards

Change.org | Annie Lin, Art Direction

Woodsman Beard Oil | Bailey Sullivan, Art Director; Ben Wyeth, Copy Writer

Pantone Wall Paint | Nick Delisi, Copy Writer; Brooke Holland, Art Directior

Jansport | Jessie Bearden, Art Directior; Andy Verderosa, Copwriter

Little Golden Books | Vincent Patton & Hunter Ellenbarger, Art Director

Silver ADDY® Awards

X-ACTO Outdoor | Bailey Sullivan

409, Appreciate Clean | Scott Ford, Art Director; Will Lopez, Copywriter

The Vatican Museums | James Meiser, Art Director and Copywriter

Knott's Berry Farm | Joy Barnett, Copywriter; Wesley Vanderpool, Art Director

Leatherman | Wesley Vanderpool, Tripp Jakovich, Art Directors

This American Life | Ben Wyeth, Art Director and Copywriter

Victor Mousetraps | Jay McKinney, Copywriter; James Meiser, Kris Fossa, Art Directors

LHN Watch What You Love | Evan Atherton, Aaron Cunningham, Mallory Johnson, Courtney Morgan, Stu Rubin, Michael James Williams, Copwriters; Laura Duncan, Matthew Godfrey, Art Directors

Allianz Travel Insurance | Adriane Joseph, Art Directors; Ananta Prayitno, Copywriters

Icy Hot | Ryan Warner, Art Director; Kevin Eisenbaum, Copywriter

Bronze ADDY® Awards

Soundcloud | Stuart Lovinggood, Copywriter; James Meiser, Art Director

Camelbak | Wesley Vanderpool, Art Director; Michael James Williams, Copywriter

JustWink Greeting Cards | Joy Barnett, Copywriter; McKenna Harclerode, Art Director

Crock-Pot | Jacqui Bontke and Hunter Ellenbarger, Art Directors

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky | Jacqui Bontke and Hunter Ellenbarger, Art Directors

Taster's Choice | Adriane Joseph and Fernanda Gil-Pier, Art Director

Jack Link's | Annie Lin, Art Director/Illustrator; Deverin Hayes, Art Director

Adidas Supernova Bra | McKenna Harclerode, Art Director; Nick Delisi, Copywriter

John Deere | McKenna Harclerode & Fernanda Gil-Pier, Art Director and Copywriter

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