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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 12, 2013 – La Roche College graphic design seniors Jenna Breitbach-Eldredge and Maria Vujevich were selected as semi-finalists in the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA).

The competition, which celebrates student achievement in Adobe creative software, received a total of 3,752 entries from around the world. The projects created by Ms. Breitbach-Eldredge and Ms. Vujevich were four of only 813 submissions across 12 different categories selected for the semi-final round. Final selections will be announced in October of this year.

“This accomplishment shows the talent, intelligence and dedication of two very committed students who have grown tremendously as designers and people during their time at La Roche,” Graphic Design Department Chair Neha Agarwal said. “Their success is another testament to the recent redevelopment of the graphic design department. Jenna and Maria are part of a class who were the first to experience the new design curriculum and learn from new faculty. Their growth showcases the progress of the program.”

The restructured program integrates critical thinking and aesthetics with real-world training, a curriculum Ms. Breitbach-Eldredge said prepared her for success in the ADAA competition and beyond. “I've had the opportunity to work for real-world clients and participate in group projects,” she said. “These experiences have helped me to develop as a designer and become better prepared to enter the design industry as a professional.”

ADAA was Ms. Vujevich’s first-ever Adobe contest.  She said, “I feel so honored to have been chosen for the semi-finalist round.”

Since its introduction in 2001, the ADAA competition has attracted more than 27,000 student participants from a total of 75 countries. ADAA honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education.

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About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.


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