Melissa Tassone, a Graphics II student from Sandwich High School, received the Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES) Graphics Student of the Year award at the annual competition at Waubonsee Community College. Each graphics teacher in the VALEES area can nominate one student to compete for this elite honor.
Tassone presented her personal portfolio, as well as a design project to a panel of judges made up of graphic design professionals. Factors including knowledge of graphic arts, skills, portfolio quality, professionalism, academic standing and involvement in activities outside the classroom are considered by the review panel.
In addition to the title, Tassone received an engraved plaque and a gift card from VALEES. There also is a traveling plaque for the school.
“I am very proud of Melissa and thrilled for her success,” Graphics instructor Jackie Dannewitz said in a news release. “We already have the plaque on the wall!”