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SOWELA Graphic Art Students Win Second and Third at American Advertising Federation Student Conference

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 19, 2019

Earlier this month, eight Graphic Art students from SOWELA Technical Community College competed at the Houston American Advertising Federation (AAF) Student Conference with two students winning awards. The top teams included SOWELA students Caroline Boullion earning second place and Cameron Hanks earning third place.

At the competition, students were separated from their college groups and placed into teams of 10-12 students from more than 20 universities across Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. The students were then given a project with eight hours to complete it. They worked at a local agency, design firm or in-house marketing department to develop a creative solution, along with marketing, media plans, and a live presentation. Teams consisted of an Art Director/Graphic Designer, Copywriter, Account Services, Marketing Strategist, Media Planner, and New Media Strategist. Each of the SOWELA students were assigned the position of Art Director or New Media Strategist.

Additional participating students were Marisa Cooper, Caroline Boullion, Cameron Hanks, Grant Kelly, Austin Rains, Jasmine Vital, Kevin Wise and Cassidy Guidry. The students were accompanied by SOWELA Graphic Art Instructors Darrell Buck and Alex “Thunder” John.

American Advertising Federation Team 2019
American Advertising Federation (AAF) Team: Front row (L-R): Marisa Cooper, Caroline Boullion, Cameron Hanks, and Grant Kelly. Back row (L-R): Austin Rains, Jasmine Vital, Kevin Wise. Not pictured Cassidy Guidry.


For more information about SOWELA’s Graphic Art program, visit www.sowela.edu or call (337) 421-6550. 

About SOWELA Technical Community College
SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles, and Oakdale, LA.