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American Advertising Federation Daytona Beach Awards B-CU's Gino Cyrus Prestigious Jim Shipley Scholarship and "Rising Star Award"


(Left to Right: Dean O'Brien ADDY Immediate Past President, Jahmiah Cyrus B-CU Student)


Jahmiah “Gino” Cyrus Wins 2018 Silver Award Among Others

Mass Communications student, Jahmiah Cyrus entered into the 2018 American Advertising Federation Award competition (ADDY’s), where he received three recognitions for his talent and creative genius. Cyrus was the first student in the history of the ADDY’s to win the Rising Star Award, which is normally given to industry professionals. In a most recent thank you to the Dean of B-CU’s School of Performing Arts and Mass Communications, Jahmiah shared his appreciation for Dr. Hiram Powell writing:

Three weeks ago you reached into your pocket and provided financial support that enabled me to compete in the 2018 ADDYs Competition […] thank you so much for your confidence in me!

“We are so proud of of Jahmiah and all of his efforts,” said Dr. Powell. “I knew when the investment was being made that it was a good one. The outcome simply confirms what we already believed. 

Jahmiah competed against students from the University of Central Florida, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College. He also won the Silver Award for ‘Mary’s Children’ magazine advertisement, which was a vision Jahmiah produced and showcased at B-CU as a hip-hop musical based on the life of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.

To bring it home, Cyrus won a $1000 American Advertising Federation Jim Shipley Scholarship for his superb achievement and dedicated leadership while pursuing a future career in advertising and related fields. "Gino Cyrus exemplifies the standard of excellence that we instill in our students", said Dr. Elsie Wanjohi, Chair of the Department of Mass Communications.  "We underscore the importance of mastering both the theory and application of knowledge that they acquire in the classroom,” she added.

In the words of our founder, Mary McLeod Bethune, “Invest in the human soul; you never know, it could be a diamond in the rough.”

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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