Five O’More College of Design students were recognized at the 2015 Nashville Student ADDY Awards presentation in downtown Nashville last month, breaking the school’s record for most Student ADDY wins in O’More history. The School of Visual Design undergraduates nabbed five gold and 11 silver ADDYs for their graphic design work, which included various package presentations.

The annual Student ADDY Awards competition is hosted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Nashville, a non-profit organization for advertising professionals in the region. This year’s competition attracted 352 entries from nine different colleges and universities.

“The ADDYs recognize the best and brightest student advertising talent in Middle Tennessee, and we believe these accomplishments underscore the level of talent being nurtured here at O’More,” said O’More President Rebecca Stilwell. “To be able to competitively vie with peers within this region only makes the local design community stronger.”

Across the country, this is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative student competition for creative excellence. O’More graphic design students Abbey Bennett, Riley Carroll, Erin Howard, Nick Swift and Chris Thomas grabbed high honors in categories ranging from package and advertising design to photography and cinematography.

The next step for the gold and silver winners in the three-tiered national competition is a run at the district level on April 10, followed by a shot at the national ADDY Awards competition in June.

“The caliber of work that was recognized at the Nashville level was outstanding, and we are proud–but not surprised–that four of our designers were included among the winners,” said Shane Prine, dean of the School of Visual Design. “It’s an important moment to watch them to build something from scratch and then receive deserved recognition from working professionals that they respect.”

To learn more about the students’ work and designs, visit www.omorecollege.edu.

AAF Nashville is a nonprofit organization for advertising professionals in the Middle Tennessee area. For more information, visit www.aafnashville.com.

Founded in 1970, O’More College of Design is a four-year, non-profit institution offering bachelor of fine arts degrees in fashion design, fashion merchandising, graphic design, interactive design, and interior design. The college is located in the downtown historic district of Franklin, Tenn.

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