Monday, May 27, 2024

CNA students win five Pinnacle Awards

By Glenda McCarthy

Students of College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) took home a lot of hardware at the Newfoundland and Labrador Pinnacle Awards gala in St. John’s on June 8.

 Students from the Graphic Design program won five awards in the student category from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), while the Qatar Project Office won one award for writing.

 The Pinnacle Awards, presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the IABC, are rigorously evaluated to measure excellence in communications.

 Graphic Design student Michaela Walzthoni of Conception Bay South won a Pinnacle Award of Merit for her project.

 “I had the idea to make a video resume for quite a while, but never had the opportunity to do so until I was given a motion project in school.

Arthur Green photo
Arthur Green photo

The project was to create a one minute long video based on the topic of our choice using After Effects (software). Knowing that I would be job hunting in the near future, I decided to do a short video that describes my skill set. I created something that would keep the viewer engaged and portray my message through the use of infographics,” Walzthoni said.

 “Winning this award gave me a sense of accomplishment and recognition that I never expected. I am proud and confident in my work, and I greatly enjoy what I do, so I am ecstatic to see that other people enjoy my work as well.”

 John Barry, instructional coordinator of Applied Arts and Tourism at CNA, says each of the students produced outstanding work that showcased their creativity, talent, dedication and skills.

“The Pinnacle Awards provide an important showcase for our students, whose work is acknowledged and validated in front of communications professionals from across the province,” Barry said. “These awards offer students validation for the hard work they do, and encourage them in their studies or when they move on to seek employment in their field. We are grateful to IABC NL, who pioneered this initiative and continues to be so supportive of emerging creatives in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

CNA Qatar Project Office employee Tanya Alexander won an Award of Merit for her article: Globalization sends home the need for experiential skills, while Graphic Design students Melanie Adams received an Award of Merit for her Temptations package redesign; Michael Hollahan an Award of Merit for his St. John’s 2017 From Here to There piece; and, Nadine Hodder won an Award of Merit for Sludgewolf as well as an Award of Excellence for Charlie.

Brenda Tobin, Dean of Academics, Applied Arts & Tourism, congratulated the students on this impressive achievement.

 “I would like to extend my best wishes and congratulations to students who submitted work, and to those who also took home awards at the 2017 Pinnacle Awards gala,” Tobin said. “You should be proud of your accomplishments, and the time, thought and work you put into your creative pieces of design and communications. It is wonderful to see innovative, quality work recognized by communications professionals within the industry. All the best for continued creativity and success!”

 For more information about CNA’s Graphic Design program, visit

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Glenda Tompkins
Glenda Tompkins
Glenda is a 20-year marketing and communications veteran currently specializing in photography/videography and social media management. She has garnered multiple awards for her innovative, strategic campaigns at CNA. Her experience includes writing, editing, graphic design, event planning, and more. When she’s not reviewing social media engagement analytics, she enjoys spending quality time with her young family.


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