MASON — Two Wahama High School students were the recent recipients of awards for their graphic arts designs.
Wesley Albright won the graphic arts design division at the Skills USA state competition, while Taylor McGrew was recognized for winning the Ruth Sullivan Rally for Autism T-shirt design contest.
Albright is a senior, and as the winner of the state competition that was held at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, W.Va., he will go on to the national contest. It will be held June 20-24 in Louisville, Ky., with all 50 states competing, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam. Albright will be accompanied by his advisor at the Mason County Career Center, Jeff Wamsley.
The first at the county career center to win a gold medal, Albright is vice president of the Skills group. He is also a member of the choir at Wahama, participating in dinner theater, and planning a trip with the chorus to New Orleans this summer.
Albright said of the nine competitors at the state competition, his T-shirt design was the most simple of the group.
“My design had a mountain, with a marquee box and gears inside – very simplistic,” said Albright. “When I think of West Virginia, I think of the hard work they do, such as coal mining.”
The teen said one of the most satisfying aspects of winning the competition is that all state competitors will be wearing the t-shirt with his design next year.
McGrew’s T-shirt design was chosen as the winner and will adorn the shirts worn in the 15th annual Ruth Sullivan Rally for Autism, set for April 30 in Ritter Park, Huntington. She will receive her award during a ceremony that day.
McGrew said she was told about the contest by Wahama art teacher Susan Parrish. A junior at the Bend Area school, McGrew enjoys drawing, and serves as pitcher on the school softball team. She plans to major in graphic design following graduation.
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