Comms Council celebrates student graduation

By Darren Davidson | 5 August 2010

SYDNEY: Aspiring advertising creative Neil Johnston won top honours last night at The Communication Council's AWARD School student graduation.

Johnston will now go forward to national and New Zealand judging against each top state student across Australasia. Second place went to Mark Carbone, while Aaron Blabey placed third.

Last night marked the 27th year of AWARD School, which was sponsored by Google. One hundred Sydney students celebrated at this year’s graduation in Sydney.
The evening was hosted by AWARD chairman Craig Davis, the co-chairman and chief creative officer for Publicis Mojo, Australia and New Zealand.

The top three students, along with the remaining top ten will receive a place in AWARD Craft - a one-week creative skills course taught by senior creatives.

The other seven in the top ten included: Chris Baker, Jono Flannery, Amy Freeland, Tom Hartney, Brendon Killen, Danielle Lattuca and Emily Quail. Twenty other students will receive a place in the  AWARD Mentor program.

Davis said last night: “You have an opportunity to create and contribute like no previous graduates with more tools and technologies at your disposal than ever.”

Chief executive of The Communications Council, Daniel Leesong, said: “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.”

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

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