- ST. AUGUSTINE — Flagler College students recently took home 2017 American Advertising Federation-Jacksonville (AAF) “ADDY” awards on Feb. 4, including a “Student Best in Show” award by senior Courtney Babchyck for her animation titled “A Boy Called Jex.” The ceremony for the highly-recognized awards, which honor advertising creative excellence, was held on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Students Josh Manning also won a “Student Judges Choice” and “Student Gold Medal” award for his “Super Signer! Tablet App”; Lauren Powell and Olivia Junghans won “Student Silver Medal” awards in the “Magazine Advertising Campaign” category and Manning in the “Integrated Consumer Campaign” category.
Babchyck’s two-minute animation, which won the “Student Best in Show” award, is a playful tale of an optimistic introvert who brings to life inanimate props in a vacant theater. The film also took home a “Student Gold Medal” in the ADDY’s “Animation or Special Effect” category. “Jex” was a project that initially got its start when the Flagler student was in high school, and completed recently during a Graphic Design course with Assistant Professor Natalie Stephenson.
“Winning this award means so much because it makes me look back on my life and work through all those years and realize how much has changed and yet stayed the same,” Babchyck said. “Getting the chance to get to share my work with others is the best thing I could ever ask for. This has been something that’s been close to my heart for many years, so watching them (the ADDY’s) play it on the screen was a surreal moment for me.”
The annual AAF-Jacksonville dinner and awards presentation was attended by over 120 individuals of the local advertising and media community. Over 300 submissions were critiqued by out-of-market judges and from that, 28 gold ADDY Awards and 47 silver ADDY Awards were presented. Entries were judged based on creativity, originality and creative strategy.
The Flagler College student winners of Saturday night’s competition are listed below, along with their submission title and category.
STUDENT BEST OF SHOW – Courtney Babchyck, “A Boy Called Jex”; Animation or Special Effects
STUDENT JUDGES CHOICE – Josh Manning, “Super Signer! Tablet App”; App Mobile or Web-Based
STUDENT GOLD MEDALS – Courtney Babchyck, “A Boy Called Jex”; Animation or Special Effects
Josh Manning, “Super Signer! Tablet App”; App Mobile or Web-Based
STUDENT SILVER MEDALS – Lauren Powell, “Save the Arts”; Magazine Advertising Campaign
Olivia Junghans, “Bait and Switched”; Magazine Advertising Campaign
Josh Manning, “USPS Send a Smile”; Integrated Consumer Campaign