Two students at the Waldo County Technical Center were awarded cash prizes as winners of a poster design challenge offered to members of the school’s Graphic Designs class by the Maine Celtic Celebration.

The students were given basic specification for poster elements and encouraged to use their own ideas in creating the poster designs. According to teacher Lindsay Farmer, the project generated much enthusiasm among the students, who submitted about 10 separate designs.

The winners were Clara Snow Kelley and Avery Kreamer, both seniors from Northport. The MCC Board of Directors had intended to pick only one winner, but was so impressed with both students’ designs that they decided to award two prizes. Both designs incorporated traditional Celtic symbols; Kelley’s used the Scottish thistle, a symbol of nobility and graciousness; and Kreamer’s used the Celtic green man, a symbol of rebirth.

Kelley received the first prize award of $250; her design will appear on both posters and T-shirts. Kreamer received the second prize award of $150; his design will appear on T-shirts. Posters and T-shirts will be available at this year’s Maine Celtic Celebration, set for July 20 to 22 at the Belfast Common.

The Graphic Design course at the Waldo County Tech Center is one of 13 different programs offered to students from Belfast, Mount View and Searsport high schools. In Graphic Design, students learn artistic theory, develop creative thinking and gain technical skills using industry standard software. The classes are project based; students design items such as posters, brochures, invitations, logos, packaging and web graphics.

Real projects come from both the partner schools and from the community. In addition to the Maine Celtic Celebration project, students recently worked on a concert poster and program for the Penobscot Bay Singers; a logo coffee mug for a Maine Education Association officer candidate; and graphics for a MaineAllCare event in Belfast. Farmer emphasized the educational value of completing real projects, which help students build both technical and relationship skills.

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