River Dell student wins Great American Smoke-Out contest
This week, River Dell Regional High School Junior, Shannon Hogan won “The Great American Smoke- Out” t-shirt contest. This event is sponsored by ENT and the Allergy Association, and the goal of the contestants was to design a t-shirt that would raise awareness of the dangers of smoking.
Shannon’s t-shirt design is of lungs, in which from top to bottom the lungs fade from a pinker color to grey and become very grey towards the bottom. She says, “I know I wanted to have lungs on my t-shirt and I wanted to make a gradient, showing the changes that smoking can do to your lungs.” Under the lungs, her slogan “Black is NOT the new pink.” She describes her slogan as a “play on words,” that means black unhealthy lungs from smoking should never replace pink healthy lungs of a non-smoker.
Shannon became involved in the contest after her Computer Art Graphics teacher, Ms. Faunde, asked her students to create a t- shirt design with a non-smoking slogan. Shannon became very inspired when she created her design, and worked very hard on it. When her design was complete, Ms. Faunde decided that she wanted to put some of her student’s artwork into the contest. She selected Shannon and only a few other students to submit their designs as entries.
Now that Shannon has won the contest, she wants to sell her t-shirts with the River Dell REBEL Club (Reaching Everybody by Exposing Lies), with the proceeds going to The American Cancer Society. “I hope my t-shirt will impact others, showing them the effects smoking has on the lungs and the body, and when seeing the t-shirt, they will think about their own lungs and how smoking can drastically change their body.”
For her prize, Shannon won $2,000. Of the prize, $1,000 is going to River Dell HS, and $1,000 is awarded to Shannon herself.