Contest submissions triple in 2021; Winners share stories of student life during the pandemic
Pittsburgh, PA – The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is proud to announce the winners of its 2021 poster and t-shirt design competitions. This year, PGSF received over 200 entries for the competition. posters and over 130 for the t-shirt contest, which is a threefold increase from last year’s entries.
The winner of the poster competition for full-time students is John Latham of SOWELA Technical Community College in Louisiana. The part-time student poster winner is Randy Jackson of the Pennsauken Campus (Penn Tech) of Camden County Technical Schools in New Jersey. Regan VanderWall of OAISD Careerline Tech Center in Michigan was the unanimous winner of the t-shirt design competition.
Each contest winner will receive $ 500 from PGSF. The winner of the t-shirt will also receive free travel to Expo Printing United in Orlando in October 2021. The poster designs will be printed live at the Expo. The files will also be made available to schools across the country for printing and prominent display.
“We are thrilled with the response to this year’s poster and t-shirt design contests. We look forward to sharing the enthusiasm of the students with their peers at the next Printing United Expo, ”comments Jules Van Sant, President of PGSF.
Darrell Buck, Assistant Master Instructor at SOWELA, comments on the challenges of 2020-2021: “It has been a difficult school year for students across the country due to the pandemic. However, our students had additional hardships caused by the natural disasters that decimated southwest Louisiana. In August 2020, Hurricane Laura damaged southwestern Louisiana, then 43 days later we were hit by Hurricane Delta. But through it all, our students have remained positive and resilient. They faced a pandemic and destroyed homes while taking hybrid and online classes. Having a student win a national competition during all of this gives us a huge emotional boost and proves that our students can conquer anything. “
Jackson comments on his victory in the poster competition: “It is an honor to be selected as the winner of the PGSF Poster Competition for 2021. The challenges we have all faced this year with the school only make more nice to be among the winners. While the odds were stacked against me, I didn’t let myself get down because you will never win a competition or in life if you don’t try. I can’t wait to apply for one. PGSF scholarship in the future to help me achieve my goals.
VanderWall describes his opportunity to enter the competition: “My interest in graphic design started at a young age with exposure to Photoshop through digital scrapbooking my mom did. After taking two graphic design courses in 8th and first year, I decided to continue exploring this field by attending our local business school (Careerline Tech Center) during my senior year. The PGSF 2021 T-Shirt Contest was one of the options available for a project we did in this class. I chose to base my design around the idea of Pantone chips because they are universal in the graphic and print worlds. Combining this concept with the careers and associated symbols creates not only a fun and colorful design, but also a wearable design. VanderWall adds: “I was delighted to hear that I had won and I am very grateful to my teachers who have supported me during this difficult school year.
The design competition was entered by many classes and individual students who used the competition entry as a real homework assignment. The 2021 t-shirt and poster designs will be used to promote the availability of scholarships for students pursuing careers in the graphic communications industry.
For more information on how to apply for a scholarship, grant, or enter a competition, visit www.pgsf.org.