Graphic design students bring home several awards

Three Fort Hays State University graphic design students took part in the annual American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) competition on Saturday, April 1, in Wichita.

Of the eight awards given, FHSU students brought home five. Three students from FHSU took entries.

Tirawat Sursehasathain, Bangkok, Thailand, senior, brought home first place in the Overall Portfolio and the Judge's Choice Award.

Michael McDonell, Shawnee Mission senior, took third place in the Overall Portfolio competition.

Brett Zerr, Grainfield senior, won the award for Best Advertisement and took second place for Overall Portfolio.

Several schools competed in the event including Kansas State University, Wichita State University, University of Kansas and others from around the region.

To win the awards, students sent entries in prior to the event. At the competition, each student set their portfolio up at a table, where three different judges examined their work. After students presented the works, judges rated what place each entry should get and the totals were tallied.

Scholarships and trophies were awarded to the top three individuals in each category. Scholarship amounts were: first, $300; second, $200; third, $100.

Karrie Simpson-Voth, assistant professor of art said the competition is a good learning experience for the students.

"It gives (the students) a chance to make contacts and get another point of view about their work," she said.

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