MCHS student receives top GEARF award


By Courtney Harrison - [email protected]



Pictured above is the infographic Kara Lester submitted to GEARF that was awarded first place. Lester will receive a $2,000 check and will have her infographic displayed at Career Awareness Day which will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 during the GRAPH Expo in Orlando Florida.


Kara Lester


RED JACKET – Kara Lester, a student at Mingo Central High School, recently won first place in the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation’s (GEARF) 2016 Student Design Competition.

According to the GEARF website, this year’s competition challenged participants to design an infographic that presented complex information quickly and clearly on a topic of their choice. The design had to incorporate a reference, or URL link to the source of information for their topic.

Lester’s submission was chosen among 305 entries from secondary education institutions.

GEARF will present Lester with a $2,000 check at Career Awareness Day which will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 during the GRAPH Expo in Orlando Florida. GEARF will also cover travel expenses for Lester and her instructor, Doug Martin.

Also, Lester’s contest submission will be featured in a special display during GRAPH EXPO 2016 on Education Main Street. Representatives from colleges, universities and educational organizations will provide information on curriculum offerings, scholarships, and internships during the year’s largest and most comprehensive global graphics communications exhibition and conference. GRAPH EXPO 2016 will convene September 25-28, 2016 in Orlando, Florida where printing industry professionals from around the world will gather. Lester’s entry will be also showcased on both the GAERF website at: www.gaerf.org and the graphicCOMMcentral website at: www.graphiccommcentral.org.

According to the website, GARF is “an organization that advances knowledge and education in the field of graphic communications by supporting programs that prepares the workforce of the future.”

Pictured above is the infographic Kara Lester submitted to GEARF that was awarded first place. Lester will receive a $2,000 check and will have her infographic displayed at Career Awareness Day which will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 during the GRAPH Expo in Orlando Florida.
http://williamsondailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_GEARF1.jpgPictured above is the infographic Kara Lester submitted to GEARF that was awarded first place. Lester will receive a $2,000 check and will have her infographic displayed at Career Awareness Day which will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 during the GRAPH Expo in Orlando Florida.

Kara Lester
http://williamsondailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Lester.jpgKara Lester

By Courtney Harrison

[email protected]

(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

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