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The 2020 American Advertising Federation Awards in Advertising

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) recently hosted the 2020 American Advertising Awards, Addy Gras, in The Addison Venue to recognize the work of students and professionals in the advertising industry.

With its headquarters stationed in Washington D.C., AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association in the United States and features 15 district operations representing a different region of the nation. The organization hosts programs and initiatives including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the ADDY Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition and more. Eight students and two faculty members from Lynn University’s College of Communication and Design entered their advertising works of art into AAF’s creative competition and were invited to the awards ceremony.

“[The ADDY Awards] really helps you put into perspective the quality of work that other students and professionals are putting out into the market,” said Chris Sangiorgio, graphic design student. “I feel like the competitive element helps keep us all on our toes and motivated to put forward our best work.”

Sangiorgio won a total of four awards: two Gold ADDYs for his interactive websites “Interstellar Destination” and “Odysea Cruises,” a Silver ADDY for his interactive app for Odysea Cruise Line and a Silver ADDY for an integrated brand identity campaign for Odysea Cruise Line. Gold and Silver ADDYs were also awarded to Mahnoor Barry, computer animation student, for her entries in Television Advertising. Barry won a Gold ADDY for her “Headphones Commercial” and a Silver ADDY for her “Lynn Sports Network.”

“I was amazed with other students’ work and was amazed to see how much talent is out there in south Florida,” said Barry. “It felt amazing winning two awards. I am thankful to Lynn University for giving me this opportunity to be part of these awards.”

Gold ADDYs were awarded to Ashley Graham for her magazine advertising “Dive Into Adventure,” Carolina Mishaan for her interactive apps “Oberland Travel E-Pub” and “Subterfi,” and Jackie Gray for her illustrations “Joe Jonas” and “Billie Eilish.” Additionally, Silver ADDYs were awarded to Carolina Mishaan for her integrated brand identity campaign “MOXIE Magazine & Music Festival,” Alexandra Zapata for her illustration “Aiyana,” and Kervin Noel, graphic design student, for his packaging entry “Madame Gougouse” and logo design “Lonely Together Apparel.”

“I always love seeing the work of other designers and fellow students because it inspires me to improve my own work,” said Noel. “Being able to have my work recognized by industry professionals and fellow designers is an amazing experience.”

Lynn University students won a total of fifteen ADDY Awards. For more information on the American Advertising Federation, visit

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