PAXTON — Billboards will go up later this month displaying some of the design work of two graduating seniors at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.
Ali Hofer and Amanda Diesburg designed the logo for the newly created Ford County Public Health Department, which plans to place billboards showing it off in Paxton and Gibson City in upcoming weeks.
The board of health asked art students in Ford County's three school districts — Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Tri-Point — to design possible logos for the health department this spring. PBL was the only district to submit entries, said board President Mike Short of rural Paxton.
Of the "eight to 10" entries submitted, two stood out the most, Short said. Those were created by Hofer and Diesburg, independent of one another.
"The board really liked the graphics on one and the lettering on the other," Short said, "so what we did is (have PBL High School art teacher Mary Ager) merge the two.
"We were pleased," he said. "There was quite good participation from the students."
Ager, along with PBL art teacher Emily Valencia, asked their students to design possible logos as a class project.
"We compiled the best of the best and submitted those designs," Valencia said. "I felt this was an excellent opportunity for our students to represent PBL through their artwork. My students were really motivated to create something that would be potentially seen throughout the entire county."
Diesburg is in two of Valencia's classes.
"She has a natural eye for good design, and I feel her creation was a great representation of that," Valencia said. "She also is planning on majoring in graphic design at Robert Morris College in Chicago, so this was a great experience for her before beginning on her career path."
Diesburg and Hofer, along with two guests of their choice, were treated to a pizza party during a recent lunch hour.
Will Brumleve is editor of the Paxton Record, a News-Gazette community newspaper. For more, visit paxtonrecord.net.