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Thursday, May 31, 2012

CPTC Graphic Technologies Student Wins the 2012 PGSF National College Poster Design Competition

 Former member of the US Army Infantry eyes owning his own design studio someday

Wil Houdeshell, a US Army Veteran and Graphic Technologies student at Clover Park Technical College, has won the 2012 Print and Graphics Scholarship (PGSF) College Poster Design Competition.

Wil Houdeshell, Graphic Technologies student
The poster, titled, "PGSF Scholarships are the KEY, unlock your FUTURE," will be given to all colleges and high schools in the United States that have printing and graphic communication programs for the 2012-2013 academic year.

This student-designed poster is used to promote the availability of scholarships to pursue a career
in the graphic communication industry. The posters will be available at the PGSF booth during the 2012 GRAPH EXPO in Chicago, October 7 through October 10.
Wil's winning poster design

The Poster design competition was entered by many classes and individual students that used the
competition entry as a real working assignment.

"The PGSF scholarship program inspires ALL my students," said John Moyer, Graphic Technologies instructor. "My students have researched our industry and most have made a tough decision to change the direction of their lives by entering into this vast industry of Graphic Communications. For them to see that there is a national program that supports their decision, reaffirms their decision and is inspiring to us all," said Moyer.

"All of the student submissions to the foundation were of a truly professional caliber, making it a challenging choice for our team of judges," said Larry Kroll, vice president of development at PGSF. "Wil Houdeshell, Clover Park Technical College's winning student, used a unique approach combining awareness of PGSF and the availability of scholarship funds with a call to fellow students to take action."

More than 200 college students attending 72 schools are receiving financial assistance through PGSF.

About Wil Houdeshell, Graphic Technologies student:
Wil served in the US Army Infantry for nine years on active duty before being honorably discharged from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 2011. He and his family decided to make Lakewood their home. He has always been interested in graphic design and visual arts. With the prospect of returning to school after the service, he researched the Puget Sound region's art schools and universities and found the Graphic Technologies program at Clover Park Technical College. Wil plans to continue his education in visual arts after graduating from CPTC and hopes to one day own his own design studio.
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