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Central Art Student Places in State Design Contest for Second Time

In photo: Thomas County Central High School student Hakeem Stevens with his art teacher Jocelyn Rivard.

Thomas County Central High School (TTCHS) sophomore Hakeem Stevens has been named a second place winner in a state-wide art contest. Stevens’ artwork was submitted to Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) for entry into this student design contest associated with Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW), a week which promotes awareness of manufacturing and its importance to the State of Georgia.  MAW organizers created this art competition as a way to expose Georgia’s students to the diversity of careers and opportunities in manufacturing.

Stevens is not new to this contest. In 2011, as a 7th grader at Thomas County Middle School, he won first place for the State in the middle school poster category.

When told that he was a winner in this year’s contest, Stevens commented, “It’s an honor, especially to win twice, in such a large contest. I didn’t think I would get far in the high school division.  I was particularly surprised I placed at all considering that this division accepts digital art work.”

On April 17th, Stevens’ will be recognized at the Governor’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. At the luncheon, Stevens will be presented with a $300 scholarship award, a certificate, and his framed artwork. Also as a contest winner, his winning design will be featured in the 2014 Manufacturers Appreciation Week Calendar. 

Stevens says that before he began his design he researched the logos of various companies in Georgia, shapes of trucks, and buildings in Atlanta.

Stevens added, “When I think about advertising, the things that come to mind most are trucks and commercials.  Due to the scene’s nature, I chose trucks.  I looked at quite a bit of trucks for this project; I examined how the companies advertised on them and took ideas from them.  I personally wanted to include an Atlanta skyline in the background for two reasons:  1) because the MAW building (the Georgia International Convention Center -location of the awards luncheon) is there; 2) because Atlanta is the capitol of Georgia.”

To create his design, Hakeem first drew the poster in pencil with much attention to perspective.  Next, he outlined it in fine ink pen.  Last, he used colored pencil for color and shading. 

TCCHS art teacher Jocelyn Rivard complimented Stevens’ work, “Hakeem consistently creates artworks that have imagination and excellent technical skills. He has wonderful eye for detail, such as in this poster, where the name tag on the worker says ‘Stevens’ and the many buildings are from the actual Atlanta skyline.”

Stevens, a dedicated art student, has taken two years of art classes, but says his father was the person who got him interested in art. In the future, Stevens anticipates a career in game design, animation or graphic design.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2014 begins May 19th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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