GCI Student Wins National Design Contest

GCI Student Wins National Design Contest
Posted on 10/15/2019
GCI Student Contest Winner Trenton Warner

Flint, Mich – The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) is proud to announce a student enrolled in one of its programs won first place in a national design contest. Trenton Warner, a senior at Bendle High School, and a student in the Visual Design Communications Program at GISD’s Genesee Career Institute (GCI), received top honors in the 2019 Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) Student Design Competition.

The mission of the GAERF is to help develop the next generation workforce for the graphic communications industry. The competition included 287 students from across the country. Their challenge was to design and produce a printed greeting card for the occasion of their choice. Trenton chose the topic of stress, because he said it’s something many people of all ages try to cope and deal with every day. He had the creative idea to incorporate bubble wrap into his card’s design, thinking the card recipient could pop the bubbles as a way to relieve some stress.

Due to his innovative and thoughtful design, Trenton received an all-expense paid trip to the 2019 Print Conference in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he received his award of $2,000! His GCI instructor couldn’t be more proud.  

“We had five great designs created by GCI students which we entered into the competition for the very first time,” said Michael Crawford, Marketing & Visual Design Communications Teacher at GCI. “Trenton’s greeting card was an instant favorite. Many students were drawn to it and connected with it. Everyone who saw it wanted to pop the bubbles of the bubble wrap inside the card.”

 Trenton’s card design was showcased in several areas at the event in Chicago. It was also featured on the APTech website. GISD congratulates Trenton on a job well done and an honor well deserved!

CGI Student's Winning Card Design