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Design fulfills Devon's dreams

Washington County student designs billboard for nonprofit

Washington County student designs billboard for nonprofit

February 18, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Devon Showe didn't often look at the billboards that line some roads in Washington County.

Not, that is, until she learned that one of her designs was selected for display.

The 17-year-old Washington County Technical High School senior said she first saw her design on a "Dream Come True" billboard in January.

She was driving along South Potomac Street when she looked up and saw her ad.

"I was happy when I saw it," she said.

Dream Come True is a nonprofit organization that seeks to fulfill the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically and terminally ill, according to its Web site.

Devon's design was placed on a second billboard on Frederick Street near Funkstown.

"I knew it was going to be on a billboard," she said. "I was driving through town and saw them painting it on. I was like, 'that's my billboard.'"

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Devon studies graphic communications at Washington County Technical High School. She has created posters, tickets and other items for schools in Washington County, Devon said.

"We create a lot of things," she said. "And most of them are our own designs."

Devon said her class was approached during her junior year about creating a design for Dream Come True. She learned that her design had been selected that year, but had to wait about one year to see her work on a billboard.

Her design has the nonprofit's logo of a child sitting, along with a shooting star, and the line, "Make a Dream Come True for a child with a life-threatening illness."

"So, it's kind of making your dreams come true by the shooting star," Devon said.

Chris Malott, Devon's graphic communications and printing teacher, said the company made a few changes to her design.

"But for the most part it was her," he said. "It's an honor."

Devon hopes to go to Hagerstown Community College after graduation and perhaps work in advertising. HCC has a graphic communications program, she said.

"I want to work in this field," she said. "I enjoy it."

Devon said her mother, Michele Singletary, thought her daughter would enjoy graphic communications and encouraged her to attend the technical high school.

"She knew I loved to work with computers," Devon said.

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