2018-04-11 / Celebrations & Milestones

SC4 student wins national graphic design contest

SC4 Graphic Design student, Tara VanConant, of Peck, won the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Student Graphic Design contest. This is the third straight year a student from St. Clair County Community College has won the contest.

VanConant’s poster design, which will be used by NISOD to promote their annual teacher’s conference, competed against 35 other schools in a blind competition.

VanConant was selected as a representative for St. Clair County Community College because of her extensive and consistently excellent design portfolio.

VanConant will receive $1,000, five poster-size copies of her artwork, and her artwork will serve as the theme for NISOD's 2019 conference graphics. She also will receive up to $400 in airfare, three nights lodging, and complimentary conference registration to attend the 2018 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas. SC4 will receive a complimentary 2018-19 NISOD membership.


Tara VanConant Tara VanConant VanConant is a second-year student who will graduate with her associate degree in Graphic Design in fall 2018. VanConant is an active member of the SC4 campus and is the current production and managerial editor for the Erie Square Gazette. She also was selected as the layout coordinator for the 60th edition of the Patterns magazine and designed the logo for the SC4 Writing Center.

VanConant’s poster design includes a message about STEM and STEAM in education.

“I am motivated by the art that influences my everyday life,” said VanConant.

“STEM is represented by the beaker for science, the magnet for technology, the ruler for engineering, and the numerals for mathematics. These core components of education are supported by a well-rounded education, which includes the arts, making it STEAM. The arts are represented with the pencils. Surrounding these elements is the Texas landscape, which is the location of the annual NISOD teacher conference.”

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