Neil Johnston leads Sydney AWARD School graduation

Neil Johnston was named top student at the Sydney graduation of AWARD School last night.  

The announcement:

Last night marked the Student Graduation of the 27th year of AWARD School, sponsored by Google, held at The Loft, Sydney. One hundred Sydney students celebrated at this year’s graduation.

Hosted by AWARD Chairman, Craig Davis and AWARD School co-heads Rebecca Carrasco and Dustin Lane, the evening saw creatives, students, tutors, guest speakers and media come together to welcome the next generation of creative talent and enjoy an exhibition of students’ top work.

The award for top AWARD School student in Sydney went to Neil Johnston, who will now go forward to National and NZ judging against each top state student across Australasia.

Second place went to Mark Carbone, while Aaron Blabey placed third.

These students, along with the remaining top 10; Chris Baker, Jono Flannery, Amy Freeland, Tom Hartney, Brendon Killen, Danielle Lattuca, Emily Quail, will receive a place in AWARD Craft – a one-week creative skills course taught by successful senior creatives.

AWARD will also offer a place in the AWARD Mentor program to the top 11-30 students; Alana Attard, Alessio Centritto, Will Clark, Michael Cunningham, Peter Defries, Julia Dixon, Peter Dockrill, Cameron Dowsett, Richard Gray, Onil Kotian, Maria Macapagal, Anita Nyotosetiadi, Ben Peppernell, Casey Schweikert, Briton Smith, Mark Tallis, Daniel Tully, Danielle White, Brook Windred, Kae Yen Wong.

AWARD Chairman Craig Davis thanked gold sponsor Google and extended a special thank you to school heads Dustin and Rebecca for their dedication to AWARD School.

He congratulated the students and said: “Well done for surviving the past months and good luck for the future. You have an opportunity to create and contribute like no previous graduates with more tools and technologies at your disposal than ever. I hope the creative thinking you have acquired during AWARD school will serve you well as in the end creativity is the force that turns problems into opportunities and opportunities into progress.”

Daniel Leesong, CEO The Communications Council, said “ I’d like to thank guest speakers, school heads, tutors and judges for their commitment to fostering and developing the next generation of creative stars. Students should be justifiably proud of their achievements over the past 16 weeks with some outstanding creative ideas contained in the extensive body of work.”

The judging panel responsible for selection of the top students and the ‘work on the wall’ included: Mark Harricks – DDB, Kieran Antill – Leo Burnett, Micah Walker- Publicis Mojo, Dustin Lane , Shane Bradnick- BMF, Steve Back- Saatchi & Saatchi, Matt Heck, Nick Morrissey – Three Drunk Monkeys, Mike Barnwell- Lowe Sydney, Dejan Rasic- CRC, Christian Finucane -12:20, Graham Johnson, Gavin Mcleod- M&C Saatchi, Rebecca Carrasco, CRC Sydney/Publicis Mojo NZ.

AWARD wishes to thank the following agencies for their involvement in tutoring in NSW:

BMF, BWM, DDB, DraftFCB, Human, George Patterson Y&R, JWT, Kastner & Partners, Leo Burnett, M&C Saatchi, Momentum, Moon Group, Saatchi & Saatchi, Tequila, The Campaign Palace, The Works, Three Drunk Monkeys.

It also wishes to thank the following guest speakers: Justin Baird (Google), Warren Brown(BMF), Luke Chess (Lavender) Tim Brown , Peter Buckley (Disciple), Justin Drape, Scott Nowell (Three Drunk Monkeys), Julian Watt (GPY&R), Ralph Van Dijk (Eardrum), Ashley Ringrose (SOAP), Jonathan Kneebone (The Glue Society), Cameron Blackley , Esther Clerehan (Esther Clerehan Recruitment), Nick Worthington (Colenso BBDO Auckland), Jeff Goodby (Goodby, Silverstein & Partners), Matty Burton, Mike O’Sullivan, Richard Maddocks.

Google AWARD School will host its Melbourne Graduation party on August 11th, 2010.

For further information, including registration for the 2011 program, contact Linda Anderson on Linda@communicationscouncil.org.au.

Source: Communications Council


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