Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2004

Booster club chooses winning T-shirt design

December 16, 2004

Last year there was no dispute over the winner of the Lansing High School Booster Club T-shirt design contest.

There was only one entry.

This year, deciding on a winner was a bit more challenging, and it involved a sibling rivalry.

When Yale and Austin Averill heard that they could win $50 from the booster club for a T-shirt design, the LHS juniors collaborated and submitted a computer design entry.

They agreed that if their entry won, they would split the prize. However, Yale decided he would enter his own hand-drawn entry.

"We agreed to split the money if the entry we did together won," Yale said. "Since my own entry won, I am going keep it."

Yale admitted he did consult Austin and anyone else he could find, including people he worked with as a student aide in the high school office, before he turned his entry in.

Austin said it looked good. If he thinks it looks good, it probably does, Yale said.

High school students submitted more than 30 entries for the second annual T-shirt design contest. Some artists entered up to six designs using a variety of media, making it tough for the Booster Club select a design for Celia Hansen, owner of Ceal's Designs and Signs, to print.

Hansen laid out all of the designs for a cross-section of 11 customers, teachers and booster club members to vote for the six designs they liked best, narrowing the field to four. From this group, the Booster Club selected Yale's individual entry.

She said throughout the process of converting Averill's design into a vector graphic that could make the design easily transferred to a T-shirt, she has tried to maintain the original artwork.

Yale said he was impressed with the way the Hansen kept the integrity of his design.

Hansen will print 150 shirts for the Booster Club to hand out at Lansing High School basketball home opener Friday before the boys' varsity game.

Last year, passing out the shirts at the first basketball game of the year proved to be a popular move with students.

"They were gone like that," Hansen said.

Yale said he liked the fact that the Booster Club is printing his design on the T-shirts, and he said he would either keep it or pass the shirt on to someone who appreciates his work, like his younger sister.

If he enters the contest next year, Yale said he would probably use the skills he expects to gain in a computer and multimedia class and by learning to use Photoshop.

Next year, the Booster Club will make a few changes to the contest. They will limit the number of entries per student and also include high school students in the voting process.

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