AWARD School names top 10 NSW graduates

AWARD School student Fernando Luz has been named top of the class in the 2016 NSW graduation ceremony this week. Luz was joined at the top of the class by Cyndall McInerney and William Halstead.

AWARD Schoo NSW's top three: Cyndall McInerney, Fernando Luz and William Halstead

AWARD Schoo NSW’s top three: Cyndall McInerney, Fernando Luz and William Halstead

The announccement:

Fernando Luz has been awarded Top of Class at the 2016 AWARD School NSW graduation ceremony, which took place at The Loft in Sydney last night. Fernando was tutored by two agency groups; Justin Carew and Nigel Clark from Leo Burnett and Sarah Parris, Jerome Gaslain and Jon Foye from BWM Dentsu.

Close to 260 industry professionals, sponsors, media and graduates came together to celebrate the graduation of more than 100 NSW students who have now completed the preeminent training program for aspiring creatives and art directors in Australia and New Zealand.

Top 10 Students:

1 st place – Fernando Luz

2 nd place – Cyndall McInerney

3 rd place – William Halstead

The final seven graduates to make the NSW top 10, in no particular order, include:

Isabel Brand

Jack Chapman

Leila Cranswick

Nicola McCooe

Celia Mortlock

Joe Ranallo

Hayley Warwick

Preparing the graduates for the next step in their careers, AWARD Chair and Managing Partner of The Sweet Shop, Wilf Sweetland, said: “AWARD School is the pre-eminent, most highly sought after, and most highly regarded course in Australasia that teaches students how to think creatively. What these students have achieved over 12 weeks is an excellent grounding for a long and rewarding career in commercial creativity. We look forward to welcoming them into the industry, supporting their development and celebrating with them as they graduate this evening.”

From more than 1000 submissions, a selection of 55 outstanding pieces were chosen for display by this year’s jury. NSW AWARD School Heads Niccola Phillips (Head of Art, M&C Saatchi), and Simon Jarosz, (Creative Director, MediaCom) congratulated the students on their work and achievements and thanked the tutors for their enthusiasm and commitment.

Commenting on the new judging process, Niccola said: “It was a pleasure and a privilege being one of the AWARD School heads for 2016. One of our major aims this year was to champion diversity, and we’re delighted to say that we succeeded with an unprecedented 50:50 gender split of successful applicants, and six out of the top ten ultimately being female.

“We also wanted to ensure that the students’ work was carefully considered and seen by a number of Australia’s top creative directors, and by splitting the judging over three nights, every folio was given the attention it deserved. There was tighter curation of ‘The Wall’ this year, ensuring a consistently high calibre of the work on display, and the Top Ten were reviewed by two Executive Creative Directors on a dedicated night of judging to ensure that they were properly benchmarked and awarded fairly.”

AWARD School top 10 2016


Source: AWARD School


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