Holiday Card winner Driggers tours DCIT graphics communications lab

Holiday Card winner Driggers tours DCIT graphics communications lab
Mellie DriggersDARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County Institute of Technology (DCIT) hosted Darlington County School District’s 2015 Holiday Card Art Contest winner recently, treating her to a tour of the school’s graphics communications laboratory and allowing her to help print copies of the card.

Mellie Driggers, a fifth grader at Spaulding Elementary in Lamar, won the contest with a painting of a home decorated for the holidays against a snowy background.

Gary Hayes, the graphics communications teacher at DCIT, greeted Driggers with a set of gifts designed by DCIT graphics design students. The gifts included a t-shirt, coffee mugs and posters all featuring Driggers’ painting.

As a reward for winning the annual contest, the DCIT students printed Driggers’ painting on hundreds of cards to be used as the district’s official holiday card. Each school also received packs of the cards.

During her visit to DCIT, the graphics students demonstrated how they used the school’s meticulous four-color printer to create the cards with a scanning of her painting.

Hayes and his students later showed off projects they were working on, giving her a chance to see modern graphics design in action. The tour concluded with some in-class refreshments provided by the school.

Hayes explained to Driggers that his class will use the project of preparing and printing her holiday card as its entry into the 2015 Printing Industries of the Carolinas (PICA) annual awards contest. DCIT has won numerous awards in the PICA contest since the school was founded a decade ago.

The Darlington County Board of Education also recognized the young artist during their Dec. 14 monthly meeting.

This year’s annual contest was held for students in grades 3-5. Next year, the context will be held for middle school students. As winner of the annual contest, Driggers received $50 and a packet of her cards. Her art teacher, Dee Driggers, received $100 for art supplies at her school.

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The Darlington County School District serves more than 10,400 students in 23 schools throughout the county.