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High school student's winning artwork is just ducky

March 01, 2006|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A local high school student's artistic talent will help the American Cancer Society assist those with the disease.

Ehrin Kelley, 17, a senior at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, created the design chosen for T-shirts to publicize the local Cancer Society chapter's 17th annual Duck Derby this summer.

Lon Bender, chairman of the Duck Derby committee, said Ehrin's entry was singled out from the other 34 entries "because the design was simple enough to look nice on a T-shirt, and we were looking for something a little on the funny side."

Ehrin's diving duck met that criteria.

The design will be printed in color on T-shirts sold before and during the event. Not as many colors will be used as in the original design, Bender said, but he expects the shirt to sell well.

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Ehrin will receive gift certificates and a free T-shirt for her efforts.

The daughter of Connie Kelley of Chambersburg, Ehrin has been in David Martin's art class at CASHS for two years.

"She's hardworking and dedicated," Martin said. "She has a very deliberate, straight-forward style that she's been nurturing. Her fort is graphic things, fresh and bold. (The duck design) is right on the money as far as what you need in a graphic illustration. You have to see it from across the room."

Ehrin said she used to dive, "and I thought it would be a good idea to add the diving board in there."

She created the diving and swimming ducks with colored pencil and permanent marker, then brightened them on the computer with Photoshop.

It took her a week in art class to complete the design. Ehrin said she was surprised when she won. Earlier this school year, a piece she created won Best 2-D Design in The Herald-Mail's student art work contest.

Ehrin's work has been displayed at the school spring show, and more recently at the Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts, where her self-portrait was featured in the About Face show for teen artists.

Art is not the teen's only talent. She runs cross country and track, and also swims. She in the process of applying to colleges to study fashion design and merchandising.

The Duck Derby will be Aug. 20 at the Greencastle Sportsman Association. The event raises about $12,000 each year.

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