By Fiona Burrows, Staff Writer
// Sophomore Nick Davidson’s design was chosen out of 120 others to adorn the shirts of this year’s reservoir runners. Every year, Acalanes digital design students submit their work to the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, who are in charge of putting on the annual Reservoir Run.
Susan Lane’s digital design classes have been tasked with creating the design for four years now.
“A few years ago we came to Susan to see if her class would like to help us design. We do a different artwork on the t-shirt every year, it makes it unique. This is the fourth year we’ve done this and it’s been fantastic,” Executive Director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Jay Lifson said.
This year, Nick Davidson from seventh period Digital Design beat out the rest with his dark, contrasting design.
“I liked the blue because it’s a contrast that hasn’t been used in the last four designs we did” Lane said.
The contest lets young students show off their talent and work in a public space. According to Lane, this design assignment allows students to feel what it’s like to work for a real customer.
“The whole idea was specifically to raise money for local schools, so why not get one of our schools involved in the process?” Lifson said.
The annual Reservoir Run uses its proceeds to fund local education and draws hundreds of participants every year. The city’s Chamber of Commerce wants to use a unique design that can be featured on the shirts of every participant, so only the best design is chosen out of the 120 digital design student submissions.
The Chamber of Commerce board, including executive director Lifson, hand selects the winning design every year.
“I thought it was really clever. First of all, I did like the fact that for the first time, it was more of a darker look. Because the run this year is the day before Halloween, I thought that it was perfect. I love the font that he used. It just seemed to play right into this time of the year.” Lifson said on this year’s winning design.
Come to the Reservoir Run this Sunday, October 30. Acalanes will receive 10 percent of all the registration proceeds when participants select Acalanes as their school.