MC students claim seven prizes at annual Michigan State design contest

Four Marietta College students were honored for their creative efforts, including two first-place finishes, in the 2005 Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students.

It is the fourth consecutive year that a Marietta College student has taken first place in the contest’s Promotions category, and the first year a student has won first place in Photography.

Seniors Seth Wolfson and Alixandria Northrup claimed Marietta’s two top prizes. Wolfson, the son of Irene Sherman and Ray Wolfson of Bloomfield, N.J., took home the first place in Photography, while Northrup, the daughter of Pamela Linn of Concord, N.C., and Mike Northrup of Baltimore, Md., placed first in Promotions.

Northrup, who is majoring in graphic design, also received honorable mention in photography and another in Art & Illustration.

Junior Ashley Vincelli claimed multiple prizes with a second place finish in Art & Illustration and honorable mention in Promotions. Vincelli, who is majoring in graphic design, is the daughter of Joann and Pascal Vincelli of Lyndhurst.

The final MC winner was Pamela Phillips, a continuing education student from Little Hocking, who was honorable mention in Art & Illustration.

“I am very proud of what these students have accomplished. They worked hard to produce professional-quality work,” said Christina Ullman, chair of the Art Department at Marietta. “It’s wonderful to have them recognized for their efforts, especially in competition with larger schools. It just proves you can get a great education at a small school and still be competitive.”

This international contest included categories ranging from newspaper design to promotional design and illustration. Students from major universities and small colleges participated in the competition, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Virginia Commonwealth University, Art Institute of Chicago, University of California, Syracuse University, and Ohio University.

All work submitted to the contest must have been completed for a college class, a student publication, an internship or student job while the student was enrolled. This year’s contest had 328 entries over nine categories, including entries from 123 class assignments, 190 campus newspapers, 12 internships and three jobs.

The design staff of the The Times of Northwest Indiana judged the competition.