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2015 Student Design Challenge Winners Announced

CONTACT: Katharine Eaton
(202) 463-2436, 

WASHINGTON – The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) announced the winners of its 2015 Student Design Challenge at a luncheon on Sep. 28 at PACKEXPO in Las Vegas.

Participants were asked to design a limited edition innovative toy package that can also be reused as an interactive structure for the toy. Teams of student designers from California Polytechnic State University, Fashion Institute of Technology and Rochester Institute of Technology took home prizes. All submitted designs can be viewed at [link].

“Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Student Design Challenge,” said American Forest & Paper Association Group Vice President Cathy Foley. “We hope they will go on to have rewarding careers in the paperboard packaging industry.”

“We hope the challenge was inspiring and engaging, and wish all participants success in their future endeavors,” said Paperboard Packaging Council President Ben Markens.

Winners of the 2015 PPA Student Design Challenge  

1st Place: California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)
Team: Alyssa Harben, Griffin Meinken, Austin Turner, Michael Udinski
Professor: Javier de la Fuente

2nd Place: Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
Team: Kaitlyn Dorrian, Jae Young Kim, Jessica Olavarria, Ryan Prinz
Professor: Sandra Krasovec

3rd Place: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Team: Jacqueline Moshier, Ellie Peters, Stephen Reed, Carly Rumpf, Ashley Slaby
Professor: Bill Wynkoop

Winners received a cash prize to share among the team and one of equal value for the school. First place received $5,000, second place received $3,000, and third place received $1,500. Winners were chosen by a team of paperboard packaging industry professionals who rated submissions based on their response to the competition scenario, innovative structural and graphic design, functionality, and quality of the finished product.

For more information about the PPA Student Design Challenge, visit

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About the Paperboard Packaging Alliance
The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) is a joint initiative of the American Forest & Paper Association and the Paperboard Packaging Council. The mission is to promote the benefits of paperboard packaging to influence preference for these materials in packaging design and selection. PPA is a proud supporter of collegiate packaging and design programs across the U.S. and Canada, donating thousands of dollars in scholarships, materials, and classroom resources each year. Alliance membership includes companies representing the full range of mills and converters engaged in the production of paperboard packaging. Additional information about PPA can be found at

About the American Forest & Paper Association
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

About the Paperboard Packaging Council
PPC is the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging. PPC works to grow, promote, and protect the paperboard packaging industry while providing its members with resources and tools to compete effectively and successfully in the marketplace. For more information, call 413.686.9191 or visit