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Academic Awards 2020

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Academic Awards

An Otis education is widely known for its academic rigor and educational excellence.  The College recognizes the highest level of achievement with the Valedictory Award, Academic Excellence Awards, Distinction in Studio Awards, and Honors.

2020 Valedictory Award

Product Deisgn major Phuong Pham has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2020. This award is bestowed annually on the member of the senior class whose work represents the pinnacle of academic excellence. This graduate receives a special medallion and presents an address to be included in this year's Commencement recognition. Phuong was chosen for her continuously stellar academic performance throughout her Otis College career and the exceptional quality of her studio work. There are two constant themes throughout Phuong’s life in that she is always challenging herself and helping others. Pham's past experiences shape her approach to design by way of in-depth research, critical thinking, and a devotion to sustainable methodologies. 

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As an immigrated child from Vietnam, Phuong had to learn early on how to adapt and navigate the cultural barriers within her new home in America. As she grew older, she looked for challenges in academics. This included studying foreign languages, getting involved with environmental conservation, and exploring her higher education in other states. Phuong became very passionate about education because she witnessed how good education really helped her overcome difficulties. Working in education as a content creator for educational game products sparked her interest in product design. Phuong recalls, “It didn't feel like a light bulb turned on, but an entire stadium lighting up all at once.” For Phuong, Product Design is a world of challenges and felt like a natural fit. Some of her projects include a shower chair for seniors, a fire alert system to assist with wildfire evacuations, and a toy sharing app to encourage recycling toys. The biggest ambition for her career is to completely change how products are created and discarded to more sustainable and environmentally conscious methods. 

A talented, intelligent, and profoundly dedicated designer that betters the world that surrounds her with mindfulness, adeptness, and vision, Phuong truly embodies the aspirations of Otis College. Samples of her work may be seen at here. You can also view the Valedictorian Commencement address here.

2020 Academic Excellence Awards

The Academic Excellence Award is the highest honor given to graduating students in a major program. Selections are made by program leaders and faculty, and affirmed by the College’s academic awards committee. Criteria include a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (for undergraduates), quality of work, personal character, and contributions to Otis and the larger community. These students wear a special purple cord at the Commencement ceremony.



The 2020 Academic Excellence Award recipients are:
Rikako Sho, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Jennifer Sorto, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration
Daisy Rosas, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design
Elle Ryono, Digital Media with an emphasis in Motion Design
Justus Morschauser, Digital Media with an emphasis in Animation
Rachel Perez, Digital Media with an emphasis in Game and Entertainment Design
Lanise Howard, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting
Paarsa Hajari, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography
Zachary Benson, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture/New Genres 
Ngoc Phuong Pham, Product Design  
Jessica Archibeque, Toy Design
Mirena Kim, Graduate Fine Art
Gwen Xiaohui Wen, Graduate Graphic Design
Chenfan Tao, Graduate Writing

2020 Distinction in Studio Awards

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Awards for Excellence in Design 2019-2020
Jean Juan - Award for Excellence in Design Studio 1, Fall 2019
Karla Leal Flores - Award for Excellence in Design Studio 2, Summer 2019/Spring 2020
Jerome Nyunt - Award for Excellence in Design Studio 3, Fall 2019
Nichole Na - Award for Excellence in Design Studio 4, Spring 2020
Vanessa Quiles - Award for Excellence in Design Studio 5, Fall 2019 
Zulma Juarez - Award for Excellence in Design Studio 6, Spring 2020
Vanessa Quiles - Award for Excellence in Design Constructions, Spring 2020

Communication Arts Distinction in Studio Award
Dillon Bush: Comm Arts; Graphic Design emphasis
Agnius Piktys: Comm Arts; Illustration emphasis

Fine Arts Distinction in Studio Awards
Dallin Moe - Painting
Felix Wang - Painting
Marilyn Escobedo - Painting
Schuyler Hazard - Painting
Dom Hedrick - Painting
Noah Woo - Photography
Jack Williams - Sculpture/New Genres

Product Design Distinction in Studio Award
Elijah Bute - Distinction in Design
Amber Cooper - Distinction in Design                                  
Travis Hyatt - Distinction in Design
Daniela Madaria - Distinction in Design
Justin Akioka - Distinction in Design
Hannah Damp - Distinction in Design
Phuong Pham - Distinction in Design                                                                                              
Isabella Labriola - Distinction in Design
Beau Dahler - Distinction in Design 

MFA Graphic Design Distinction in Studio Award
Lorna Alkana

MFA Fine Art Distinction in Studio Award
Nefertiti Jenkins
Derek Prado
Ally Wallace 

Honors List
An honor given to graduating seniors (Undergraduate only) who achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher as of Spring semester. See this year's list here.
Dean's List

Students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.5 or higher earn a place on the Dean's List.
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