University of Akron Graduate wins National ADDY

July 9, 2019

Recent Graduate of The University of Akron Wins National American Advertising AwardAAF-Akron also receives National Club Achievement honors

AKRON, OH (July 9, 2019) – The Akron chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-Akron) is pleased to announce that Moukdala Phengmany, a recent graduate of The University of Akron Myers School of Art and AAF-Akron student member, was recognized with a National Silver Student ADDY® at the American Advertising Awards ceremony on June 7. The show was the closing event of ADMERICA 2019, the annual American Advertising Federation (AAF) national conference, held in Hollywood, Florida.

Phengmany’s winning entry, a three-dimensional walking map created for the Cleveland Zoo (image attached), was selected from more than 285 student entries judged at the national level. Only 29 Gold and 34 Silver Student ADDYs were selected in total. The Cleveland Zoo entry was judged on its creativity, originality and creative strategy. This is the fifth consecutive year that an AAF-Akron student member has won on the national stage. 

Phengmany graduated from The University of Akron Myers School of Art in May and has relocated to Singapore to join a start-up as its chief designer. She will be working primarily on digital marketing and is very excited about it. “I eventually want to establish a name for myself in the graphic design world,” says Phengmany, “and possibly, one day, give it back to society.”

AAF-Akron also was honored at the annual ADMERICA event for its outstanding programming and membership efforts. AAF-Akron placed first in Programs and third in Membership Development within Division 3 of the 2019 National Club Achievement Competition. The annual competition is designed to recognize significant contributions of its affiliated advertising clubs and to showcase the programs and projects that these clubs undertake each year. It reflects one of the American Advertising Federation’s primary objectives to recognize excellence and encourage high standards among industry professionals. This is the fourth consecutive year that AAF-Akron has placed in the competition.

“AAF-Akron continues to excel at developing recruitment materials and high-quality programming that engage our prospects, membership and the local advertising community in general,” said AAF-Akron President Melissa Olson. “I sincerely thank the AAF-Akron board, as well as our teams, membership, and sponsors, for making this ongoing success possible.”

About the American Advertising Awards 
The American Advertising Awards, also known as the ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting close to 40,000 entries every year from local 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. Top winners at the local chapter level move on to compete at the district level. District winners proceed to the national competition, the third and final tier, and are announced at the annual AAF ADMERICA conference.www.americanadvertisingawards.com

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