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NASHOBA TECH STUDENT WINS FIRST PLACE IN NATIONAL CONTEST FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN
NASHOBA TECH STUDENT WINS FIRST PLACE IN NATIONAL CONTEST FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN
Posted on 02/02/2015
NASHOBA TECH STUDENT WINS FIRST PLACE IN NATIONAL CONTEST FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphics Award
Christine Perini, a senior at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, holds her design, which won first place in the Association for Career and Technical Education’s CTE Month 2015 Graphic Design Portfolio contest.

WESTFORD — A graphic design by a senior in the Design & Visual Communications technical program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School has received the top prize in the national Association for Career and Technical Education’s CTE Month 2015 Graphic Design Portfolio contest.
        The design, by Christina Perini, daughter of Charles and Vanessa Perini of Harvard, was selected for first place from among all submissions nationwide. It will be included in the February issue of Techniques magazine and on ACTE’s social-media websites, as well as the official CTE Month website, www.ctemonth.org.
        Christina used Adobe Illustrator to produce her design, which depicts a young girl sitting and reading a book beneath a blossoming tree. In the top-left corner is the CTE Month logo, and beneath that, the contest’s theme for 2015, “Recognizing Classroom Innovators.”
        “I was thinking about a natural, leisurely kind of design, like a young child wanting to learn and being out in nature,” Christina said about the genesis of her winning design.
        Her instructor, Derik Rochon, wasn’t surprised that a design by a Nashoba Tech student won the national contest.
        “We expect this type of work from all of our students,” Rochon said, referring to himself and fellow Design & Visual Communications instructor Nathan Meharg. “We have high expectations of the work our students produce.”
        In all, Nashoba Tech entered 10 student designs in the ACTE contest. This is the first year the school has entered the contest.
        Christina came to Nashoba Tech as a junior after transferring from her hometown high school, Bromfield School, because she said it didn’t offer the hands-on design courses she wanted to take.
        “Christina’s design skills have improved greatly since she came to Nashoba Tech,” Rochon said.
        Christina also works as a sports photographer for her hometown newspaper, the Harvard Press.
        And although she obviously has a future in graphic design, she confessed that she actually has designs on a career in nursing, though she said, “I would like to have a side hobby or business in design.”