BHSU students and graduates who received ADDY awards include, back row from left to right, Danielle Doney, Victoria Kinkler, Tabitha Witte, Taresha Tope, Josh Knutson, Ashley True, and Grant Holub. Front row, Kelsey Mackin.
Black Hills State University students and recent graduates competed in their own Academy Awards this past weekend, dominating the student division of the recent Black Hills ADDY Awards and bringing home nine awards including Best in Show.  

This was the first year the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Black Hills ADDY Awards incorporated a student division into the competition. The ADDY Awards competition is the industry’s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence. The competition honors creative excellence in advertising and cultivate the highest creative standards in the industry.

“I can’t express how proud I am of our students,” Gina Gibson, assistant professor of digital media, says. “I had several of the professionals talk with me during the ADDYs and express how impressed they were with the quality of work coming out of BHSU.”

Gibson said competitions like the ADDYs present students with an opportunity to gain experience and feedback that goes beyond the classroom. The awards also look great on resumes and make for great conversation pieces once students get that job interview, she said.

BHSU student award winners include:

Kelsey Mackin, mass communication major from Rapid City – category: Non–traditional advertising, Single– Best in Show for Value your life. Anti–Smoking

Victoria Kinkler, corporate communication major from Onida – category: Collateral Material

Taresha Tope –from Spearfish – category: Collateral Material

Grant Holub, graduate – category: Non-traditional Advertising, Television

Ashley True, corporate communication major from Casper, Wyo. – category: Elements of Advertising, Visual, Illustration, Single.

Danielle Doney, business administration marketing major from Rapid City – category:Elements of Advertising, Visual, Illustration, Campaign. Runner-up Best in Show for U.S. Currency.

Tabitha Witte, graduate – category: Elements of Advertising, Visual, Photography, Black & White

Josh Knutson, graduate – category: Elements of Advertising, Visual, Photography, Digitally Enhanced

The BHSU Marketing and Communications office also brought home two Silver ADDYs: one for Direct Marketing for the BHSU student recruitment campaign and the other for Digital Advertising for a Sustainability video.