Young Ones Student Awards

The Young Ones competition is one of the most acclaimed advertising, interactive and design student competitions. It has a tradition of excellence dating back to 1986.

2021 Young Ones Jury

Deborah Ceballos-Rivera

Creative Director/Partner

Square Melon Communications, LLC.

United States

Tireless. Passionate. Hula Hoop Champion.

When I was 5-years old, my father told me a little guy lives inside of our digital clock and whose job it is to turn the numbers, keeping track of the time for our family. Dad said the little guy’s name is Philipito. And he never sleeps.


Since learning how to tell time and respect others’ time and efforts, I’ve always had a passion for imaginative scenarios and unexpected storytelling. World-building is a lot of fun but getting others to believe in them is part of my magic.

I’ve devoted my career to the pursuit of all things creative and have worked for a broad mix of clients and major events. I’m a Creative Director and partner at Square Melon Communications, LLC., and a proud Lecturer of Graphic Design: Interactive Advertising for the Michael Graves College at Kean University. I’ve served as a guest speaker at the Thinking Creatively conferences and am a former president of the Art Directors Club of NJ.  I do keep busy but unlike Philipito, I actually get to sleep. A little.




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