Meet the NAIAS 2015 Poster Contest Winners

NAIAS 2015 Poster Contest
NAIAS 2015 Poster Contest

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has announced the winners of its annual high school poster contest held in conjunction with the 2015 edition of the show, which takes place Jan. 17-25 at Cobo Center in Detroit. This year’s contest drew 781 entries from 58 schools.

The grand prize, the Chairmen’s Award of $1,000, will be presented to Daniel Fullan, a student at the Utica Center for Science and Industry. NAIAS 2015 Chairman, Scott LaRiche, selected the winning entry, which will be printed in the official auto show program.

Established to engage the creative minds of Michigan’s future artists, the 27th annual contest recognizes students from throughout the state.

“The caliber of entries speaks volumes about the creative talent in Michigan and its direct application to NAIAS and the global auto industry,” said LaRiche. “Nurturing young people is not only critical to their success, but to the industry that will one day be the beneficiary of their talent. We congratulate the winning artists.”

Winners also were selected in the following categories and awarded cash prizes:

Honoree who received a $1,000 prize:

State Farm Insurance Award

Colin Burke, Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

Honorees who each received a $500 prize:

Designer’s Best of Show – Digital

Veronica Peterson, William D. Ford Career Technical Center

Designer’s Best of Show – Traditional

Melissa Millenbach, Grosse Pointe South High School

10th Grade Award, 1st Place

Kendall Morgenstein, Bloomfield Hills High School

11th Grade Award, 1st Place

Nicole Perkins, Howell High School

12th Grade Award, 1st Place

Jasmine Traxler, William D. Ford Career Technical Center

Honorees who each received a $250 prize:

Most Creative Award

Serena Musallam, Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest

Best Use of Color Award

Chantal Zorzi, Bloomfield Hills High School

Best Theme Award

Brendan Ahumada, Careerline Tech Center

Honorees who each received a $250 prize:

10th Grade Award, 2nd Place

Kara Hug, Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

11th Grade Award, 2nd Place

Kelsey Cunningham, Livonia Career Technical Center

12th Grade Award, 2nd Place

Kyle Wilkin, William D. Ford Career Technical Center

Honorees who each received a $100 prize:

10th Grade Award, 3rd Place

Tiger Ruden, Bloomfield Hills High School

11th Grade Award, 3rd Place

Elliana Smith, Careerline Tech Center

12th Grade Award, 3rd Place

Jada Baskin, William D. Ford Career Technical Center

The posters were reviewed and judged by the NAIAS 2015 Chairman, a General Motors automotive designer, a College for Creative Studies instructor, and State Farm Insurance representatives.

All winning entries are posted on, and will be on display Jan. 12-25 at the auto show. The 27th Annual High School Poster Contest was open to all Michigan students in grades 10 through 12.

Now in its 27th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the top auto shows in the world.

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