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|New Dragon takes flight|
|Written by Susanna Sheehan|
|Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:24|
Duxbury schools have a new student-created dragon logo.
Last week at the School Committee meeting, chairman Anne Ward unveiled the new logo, which was chosen from 70 entries submitted to a town- wide contest.
The winner of the contest is Duxbury High School senior Caroline A. O’Connor.
Ward was a member of a committee who began work last summer on identifying a new dragon design that will be used district-wide. The contest was open to all Duxbury students, alumni and residents. After examining the 70 entries, the committee chose five semi-finalists and posted them onine so the high school students could vote for their favorite design, said Ward.
O’Connor said her art teacher told her about the contest and she submitted a number of drawings to it.
“I’ve been drawing dragons since I was a freshman,” said O’Connor. “I’ve always been the artist who paints the dragons on the footballs for all the MVP players, so this peaked my interest. I put about a dozen drawings into the contest and this one came up as one of the five finalists. I was really excited about this because I worked really hard on it.”
After her drawing was selected, Caroline worked with Anna Farrington, a graphic designer selected by the committee to make the drawing into a graphic logo. Ward said Farrington has experience with “graphic identify programs.” She created the one for Boston University.
O’Connor’s dragon will be seen everywhere school sponsored dragons can be imagined. The biggest example of her artwork will be painted on the gym floor’s at the new middle and high school.
“I’m really happy that I will leave a lasting mark on the new schools,” O’Connor said. “It’s been a great experience and a great honor.”
Ward said the new logo will be used on all the school’s printed material, as well as on the school’s website, on uniforms and on other apparel. It will even become an avatar on the school’s Twitter account, she said.
Having one standardized dragon image was the goal of the committee.
“The idea was that instead of having 12 random dragons flying around, we will have a uniform look for the whole school district to use,” Ward said.
Committee member Matt Ali explained that in choosing a new dragon, the committee had to be mindful that it will not only be used in the high school but in the elementary grades as well.
“It had to be appropriate for kindergarteners,” he said. “You don’t want anything too scary.”
Ali said the committee was looking for a timeless design and O’Connor’s fit the criteria.
“Fifteen or 20 years from now it will still be relevant,” he said.
The school committee congratulated O’Connor on her efforts.