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Josh Edwards has been awarded Top of Class at the 2015 AWARD School NSW graduation ceremony, which took place at The Loft in Sydney on 28th July 2015. As part of the program, Josh was tutored by two agencies Josie Fox & Dan Barrett (JOY) and Scott Mortimer (OGILVY).

Josh Edwards has been awarded Top of Class at the 2015 AWARD School NSW graduation ceremony, which took place at The Loft in Sydney on 28th July 2015. As part of the program, Josh was tutored by two agencies Josie Fox & Dan Barrett (JOY) and Scott Mortimer (OGILVY).

Close to 300 industry professionals, sponsors, and graduates came together to celebrate the graduation of more than 100 NSW students who have now completed the preeminent training program for aspiring creatives and art directors in Australia and New Zealand.

Certificates were handed out by Ray Black, Chairman of AWARD and founder of AWARD School 33 years ago. 
 

Top 10 Students:

1st place – Josh Edwards
2nd place - Chris Nguyen
3rd place - Adam Burns

The final seven graduates to make the NSW top ten, in no particular order, include:

Rachel Corbett

Jake Davies

Zachary Goldberg

Raman Goraya

David Little-Jones

Michael Watts

Nancy Zhou

Preparing the graduates for the next step in their careers, AWARD Chairman, Mark Harricks (Executive Creative Director at VCCP Sydney) said: “The standard of work this year has been extremely impressive. There are people in this room who will go on to become industry leaders. Creativity in business has never been more important. Our industry, and the way creativity is being applied, is in a constant state of change. For those creatives who ride creative chaos adeptly, it’s an exciting time to be entering. Welcome and enjoy the ride!”

NSW AWARD School Heads Pete Ogden (Creative Director), June Laffey (Executive Creative Director, McCann Health) and Simon Jarosz, (Creative Director, Toast Creative) congratulated the 2015 students on their work and achievements and thanked the tutors for their enthusiasm and commitment. 

Pete said: “It was a big relief when we got through final judging and saw the quality on display. There was some work that was genuinely amazing. It bodes well for our industry.”  

A special thank you to the following tutors who mentored the students over the 3 month program:

Company

Name

BMF / Havas Worldwide

Alex Bolder

 

Helen King

BWM

Shanan Goldring

Clemenger / HOST

Hadleigh Sinclair

 

Jack Delmonte

Droga5

Jonathan Fox

 

Lea Egan

 

Luke Chard

 

Mietta McFarlane

GREY

Adam Frazer

 

Dan Staudinger

JOY.

Dan Barrett

 

Josie Fox

Leo Burnett

James Barrow

 

Marque Kabbaz

M&C Saatchi

Blake Arthur

 

Matt Ennis

 

Nev Fordyce

 

Paolo Meucci

 

Steve Hanzic

Momentum Worldwide

Dave Glen

 

Jon Kelly

 

Simone Parravicini

Moon Group

Andrew Jones

 

Lisa O’Neill

 

Rob Martin Murphy

Ogilvy

Scott Mortimer

Reactive

Gabriel Tamborini

 

Tim Buesing

Saatchi & Saatchi

Flavio Fonseca

 

Piero Ruzzene

The Hallway

Dylan Soopramania

 

Steven Hey

VML

Aden Hepburn

 

Benjamin Ient

 

Chris Scott

Whybin TBWA

David Roberts

 

Tim Chenery

Wunderman

Anna Karena

 

Richard Kempsey

 

Stan Cheung

ZOO Group

Mark Lees


AWARD graduation ceremonies are still set to take place in Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth in August. Dates for the upcoming ceremonies are as follows:

Adelaide          Thursday 6 August
Brisbane          Thursday 6 August
Perth                 Friday 14 August

AWARD School will also run in Auckland and Tasmania in July.

The AWARD School program has now been running for over 30 years; the 2015 graduates follow in the footsteps of many of today’s creative leaders, including past students: Craig Davis, ex-Chairman of AWARD and Co-Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Mojo, David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman of Droga5, and Matt Eastwood, Chief Creative Officer at DDB New York.