University Graphic Design Students Win Big at ADDYs

March 9, 2020

CONTACT: Marcus Melton, 806-651-2790,

COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682,


University Graphic Design Students Win Big at ADDYs

CANYON, Texas—Students of West Texas A&M University won big at the 2020 ADDY Awards in Amarillo with graphic design students taking home seven gold, seven silver and special awards.

The annual event was hosted by Amarillo’s American Advertising Federation (AAF-Amarillo) on Feb. 20 at The Venue in Amarillo. Each year, members of the AAF-Amarillo organize the awards known as the ADDYs with a mission to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Winners included local businesses and media as well as students from WT. While many awards were presented, student Blake Cripps, a graphic design major from Bushland, took home top honors with Best of Show in the student category. The following students received awards.

Blake Cripps, graphic design major from Bushland

                        Student division - 2 Gold

                        Professional division - Gold, Silver, Special Judges award for internship at Circles Co.

Laramie Gill, graphic design major from Amarillo

                        Student division – Gold, Silver

Edgar Martinez, graphic design major from Tulia

                        Student division – Silver

Megan Moore, graphic design major from Canyon

                        Student division – 2 Silver

Maria A. Prada, graphic design major from Colombia

                        Student division – Gold, 2 Silver

Morgan Protsman, graphic design major from Amarillo

                        Student division – Gold

Rosa Strydom, studio art major from South Africa

Student division – Gold, Silver

WT graphic design students win at 2020 ADDYs.

*Pictured left to right: Laramie Gill, Morgan Protsman, Maria Prada, Blake Cripps, Megan Moore, Rosa Strydom and Edgar Martinez.

"It was a great event to celebrate the talent and hard work of our students. We appreciate the support and encouragement of our department chair, Stephen Crandall, and our dean, Dr. Jessica Mallard. We couldn't do it without the graphic design part-time instructors, their professional experience and willingness to work with the students. We are honored to be in such good company with the local advertising community and are very thankful for the AAF Amarillo,” Marcus Melton, associate professor of art, said.

For more information about the graphic design program at WT, call 806-651-2777.