The Century Council has been thrilled to see that more than 140 higher education institutions submitted plans in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). As we told you a few weeks ago, The Century Council is the sponsor of this year’s NSAC. The NSAC is the nation’s leading student advertising competition, and this year’s contest is unique in that it is the first time the competition asks students to address a social issue via public service advertising to promote a positive behavioral change: the prevention of dangerous overconsumption of alcohol among college students. The Century Council is strongly committed to the legal minimum drinking age of twenty-one and that is why a core part of our mission is to play a leadership role in the ongoing fight against underage drinking. The Century Council is working with the Ad Council, a nonprofit organization that marshals the pro bono resources of the advertising and media industries to create public service campaigns, and the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, on this groundbreaking competition. The district competitions took place over the past three weeks at 15 locations across the country. Judges from varying backgrounds including advertising, academic and health professionals, determined the first- through fourth-place teams. The winning teams from each district, listed below, have advances to the national finals being held in June at the AAF National Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The winning teams will present their work to The Century Council, the Ad Council, and ACE. The teams representing each district at the National Finals are as follows: District 1 - Johnson & Wales University District 2 - The George Washington University District 2 - Syracuse University District 3 - University of Virginia District 4 - Florida State University District 5 - Ohio University District 6 - Columbia College District 6 - Northwood University District 7 - University of Alabama District 8 - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities District 9 - University of Nebraska-Lincoln District 10 - Texas Tech University District 11 - Portland State University District 12 - The Art Center Design College-Tucson District 13 - Hawaii Pacific University District 14 - University of California-Berkeley District 15 - Chapman University Wild Card - Texas Christian University ***The National Finals will be held June 4-7, 2009, in Arlington Virginia. The Century Council thanks all of the entrants for their passion and hard work during the competition, and we wish the schools representing each district the best of the luck in the National Finals!