LaGrange High School is now home to not only the Grangers, but also the winner of the National SkillsUSA Week T-Shirt Design Challenge. Student Ellis Eley will have her t-shirt design made and donated to SkillsUSA members across the country. Eley works in the co-op program with Heather Evans, professor of graphic design at LHS.
Evans describes Eley as a talent and takes no credit for winning the national award.
“He’s like a super talent. Someone asked me how much I contributed to what they did during this award. I didn’t do anything, ”Evans said. ” I have nothing to do. This is exactly what he is a strong artist.
Eley said he enjoys solving graphic design problems and learning to create something original while playing by the rules.
“I like to think of graphic design challenges as a creative problem, like a puzzle. You do the job and you have to follow all of these graphic design rules, ”Eley said. “But then after you’ve gone through all the rules and things, that’s where you can put your own ideas. I just like that kind of problem-solving.
For the competition, Eley said he used tools from different professions to illustrate SkillsUSA.
“What I did was take a box, a square shape, and made all the creativity tools out of the box, like they were thinking out of the box,” said Eley said.
Evans was the first to find out that Eley had won the award and recalled what it was like to receive the notification.
“I was at home getting ready to play during my practice, and I looked at my email for some reason, I heard it ring,” Evans said. “I started jumping up and down. I was dancing, I was acting like crazy. Then I was like oh my god let me read that again. So I read it again. I started texting him [but] I said, no, that warrants a phone call.
Eley said he wanted to pursue a career in graphic design and eventually start his own business with it.
“I want to get into graphic design. Then I want to do a major or minor in web design or business, so that after college I can do an internship and work for a graphic design company for a while. Then start my own business so I can do it all on my own, ”Eley said.