AVERY — The design for a lapel pin created by an EHOVE Career Center student is in the running to become the winning entry for a statewide pin traded statewide and nationally among Business Professionals of America (BPA) student members.
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school and college students preparing for careers in business and office occupations. Each year, student BPA members trade their state pins at national competition in the spring.
Interactive media college tech prep student Keri Mueller, of Norwalk, submitted a design key-shaped pin. It was created in Adobe Photoshop, using gold, red and blue colors and the “Find Your Fit” theme. Facing some tough competition, about 75 student designs were submitted. Of those, the top 25 renderings were put to a vote of about 1,000 BPA members who met in Columbus recently at a leadership conference. The field was then narrowed to five, and the recently elected State BPA officers will soon choose the winning design.
Mueller’s design was the only entry that didn’t include a silhouette of the state of Ohio. Mueller’s portfolio was awarded a plaque for her design, and will have the pin itself as a keepsake should her design be chosen. She can add the accomplishment to her growing portfolio of projects completed at school and on her job as a photo retoucher/editor at Open Shutter photography in Norwalk.
Tech prep is a program offered through a partnership with BGSU Firelands that allows high school students to earn college credits while completing their high school requirements. Interactive media tech prep gives students a solid foundation in computer software packages, including desk top publishing, digital video production, and Web page design.