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MCC Graphic Arts Students Win Local Design Contests

[Friday, April 11, 2014]


Winners of the 2014 Billboard Contest for anti-smoking are: Brian Kubin, 1st place; Michael Holderness, 2nd place and Sander Irish, 3rd place.

McHenry County Bar Association's t-shirt logo design winner Adela Micula and her instructor, Thomm Beggs

Four McHenry County College students won top honors in two separate graphic design contests this past school year sponsored by the McHenry County Bar Association and the McHenry County Health Department.

First place winner of the McHenry County Department of Health's annual billboard Design Contest is Brian Kubin of Crystal Lake, for his entry, "Sometimes it’s best to be a quitter." This design will be placed on billboards throughout McHenry County this month. Second place winner of the billboard design contest is R. Michael Holderness of Crystal Lake for his entry, "Tobacco Addiction: Could be the end of the line" and his design is displayed inside and outside of Pace buses throughout the county and third place winner of the billboard design contest is Sander Irish of Crystal Lake, whose entry was titled "Quit while you still can." This design will be made into posters and distributed to all elementary, middle and high schools in the county.

MCC runner-ups included J.T. Mitchell of Cary, Kurt Stier of Crystal Lake, Elizabeth Skalecki and Thomas Neese, both of Woodstock.  A total of 34 entries were submitted and were judged on eye appeal, originality, how well the design fit the theme of "Tobacco Addiction" and how concisely the message was stated.

In another contest, a t-shirt logo designed by Adela Micula of Crystal Lake, won first place in a contest sponsored by the McHenry County Bar Association. Micula’s logo design was chosen from more than 20 designs. Members wore the black t-shirt with a pink logo in the Care4 Breast Cancer Run/Walk last fall. 

All of the students have taken one or more graphic design classes at MCC with Thomm Beggs, graphic arts instructor, including Graphic Design I (GRA 167), Graphic Design II (GRA 267) and Typography I (GRA 183).

For information about MCC's Graphic Arts degree program, contact (815) 479-7521 or visit




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