At a recent WCCC Education Foundation board meeting, members were discussing how the pandemic had affected fundraising for student scholarships and other financial assistance. The 2020 Golf Outing, the major fundraiser for the foundation, and a planned all-year alumni reunion in August 2020 both had to be canceled. While discussing ideas for increasing donations, an idea came from the WCCC Alumni Association that resulted in a valuable student learning project. The committee challenged Graphic Arts students to design an alumni shirt that could be sold to raise funds.
“The purpose for the project was to create additional funds that had been lost due to fundraising cancellations and COVID-19 for the WCCC Foundation and the goal to pay fees and provide scholarships to the students,” Alumni Association chair Diana Lovett said. “It was decided that this would be a great opportunity to promote the creation of an Alumni Association and a chance for all of us to contribute to our future Alumni. Our plan is to contribute all funds raised to the WCCC Foundation.”
WCCC Alumnus Greg Davis, owner of Avid Signs in Lebanon, offered to participate in the project by printing the shirts and giving the student whose design was selected a one-week job shadow internship at his company. Five WCCC Graphic Arts juniors were finalists in the shirt design contest.
Graphic Arts Junior Angel Wilson, Lebanon, was selected as the winning designer and will experience an internship this summer at Avid Signs. The other finalists are juniors Ava Kloeti, Waynesville; Kaylie McFarland, Franklin; Simone Monigan, Springboro; and Sophia Eversole, Waynesville. A panel of judges reviewed the designs.
All five juniors said they enjoyed the project because it was a new opportunity, and with the restrictions of Covid to most of their school year being two days a week in lab, they needed something to work for and to motivate them. Angel aspires to be an art teacher, and is looking forward to the internship at Avid. Ava plans a future in photography and graphic drawing. Kaylie loves to design shoes, shirts and other merchandise. Simone wants to attend college in the Chicago area and pursue graphic and interior design. Sophia also aspires to be an art teacher, and is also interested in graphic novel illustration.
“The decision was incredibly hard to choose just one design, and everyone did a fantastic job,” Davis said. “All the judges agree that we have a lot of talent in that class.”
“All of the designs were impressive and I can’t say enough about (instructor) Howard Norris and his dedication to this project,” Diana Lovett added.
The WCCC Alumni Association is asking all alumni to register on the WCCC website alumni page
if they have not already done so. The association will be reaching out for volunteers to form seven committee teams for future events, including an All-Class Reunion that will be rescheduled once everything settles from this challenging year. The committees are: Alumni Outreach, Event Planning, Fundraising, Marketing, Financial, Volunteer Roundup, and Memorials. Contact the association at [email protected]