5-25-17 Computer Fair 2The PA Computer Fair State Competition is an annual event where students from high schools and career and technical schools across the state show off their skills in design, animation, and programming. The 2017 competition marks the second year in a row that students from Wendy Lenker-Badorf’s Advertising Art and Design program have earned first in the graphic design category.

Participating students were asked to design a logo and promotional materials for a pet-related business. Natalia from Upper Adams School District and Kaitlyn from Newport won first place with their “Pawpular Palace” pet boutique concept.

“We started with the name and went from there!” said Kaitlyn on their design process. “For our brochure, we chose a phone design since it’s something people use every day and something everyone can relate to.”

The process of design from brainstorming ideas to the final product teaches the students about typography, color theory, layout skills, new software skills, and the process of designing promotional materials for a business. Most of all, the students learn about teamwork and the pressure of competition from regionals to the state competition. Said Mrs. Lenker-Badorf:

 “I think the most impressive part was that this is the second year in a row for us [winning the competition]. The girls were confident in their project, and it showed.”

Since the competition was hosted at Dickinson College, not only did the students get hands-on experience with design work, they were also able to get a feel for a postsecondary setting. Approximately twenty other Pennsylvania schools competed alongside theirs.

“There was a lot of pressure,” said Natalia. “There were a lot of people with a lot of great designs.”

Alongside the two first place winners was Jamie, another Newport student, who won third place in the logo design category. Congratulations to this year’s competitors for their hard work! 


Some additional photos of the projects:

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