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 Anderson University Dominates Local Addy Awards

As a further testament to Anderson University’s outstanding graphic design program, AU design students won 13 of the 17 student awards (including Best of Show) presented at this year’s AAF (American Advertising Federation)-Greenville Annual ADDY Awards. The ceremony was held on Saturday, February 16 at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.

The following Anderson design students captured awards at the event:


  • Lindsey Dilleshaw- Taylors, SC, Senior- Student Best of Show and 2 Gold ADDYs
  • Beth Cooper- Russell, KY, Senior- Gold ADDY
  • Heather McIlrath- Myrtle Beach, SC, Sophomore- Gold ADDY
  • Ashley Ganahl- Anderson, SC, Senior - 2 Silver ADDYs
  • Hannah Leonard- Greensboro, NC, Senior – 2 Silver ADDYs
  • Kelly Johnson- Aiken, SC, Senior – 2 Silver ADDYs
  • Phil Belger- North Augusta, SC, Senior – Silver ADDY
  • Brittany McKinnish- Spartanburg, SC, Senior - Silver ADDY

According to the AAF website, the student ADDY Awards is sponsored by the AAF and National Ad 2 and occurs in conjunction with the prestigious ADDY awards. Student ADDYs recognize and reward creative excellence by students, and like the professional ADDYS, the student ADDY awards is also a three-tier national competition. All across the country, local entrants vie for recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local winners compete against other winners in one of 14 district competitions. District winners

are then forwarded to the third tier, the national ADDY Awards competition.

Since the introduction of Student ADDYs three years ago, Anderson University has dominated the local competition including an entire sweep of the awards two years ago. Additionally, AU designers have won multiple national awards on two occasions including last year’s Best of Show.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 21) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of 68 “Up and Coming” schools to watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report. It is the #1 “Up and Coming” school in The South according to that publication.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.



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