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January 29, 2014

NECC student from Lawrence wins T-shirt design competition

LAWRENCE — Angel Augusto thinks everyone needs a super hero — even Northern Essex grads. So when he entered the Class of 2014 T-shirt design contest he created one. He won the contest as well as a new Dell tablet, stylus, and cushioned cover.

The design depicts a graduate in gown and mortar board gripping a diploma with the words “Knowledge is Power” creating the body.

The 28-year-old Lawrence resident will graduate in May with an Associate of Art degree in General Studies: Art. He emigrated from the Dominican Republic four years ago. Almost immediately he enrolled in ESL courses followed by college credit classes.

Augusto hopes to one day own a graphic design company with offices in the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Augusto says he designed his graduate super hero because it best represents the community college student — all of whom he thinks are heroes.

The design contest was open to all students, according to Lindsey Mayo, director of alumni relations. At least one faculty member built the contest into her curriculum. There were nine solid entries. A faculty and staff focus group named the top five contestants. Those five images were posted to Facebook and people were asked to vote for their favorite. The winning entry received more than 150 likes.

Augusto hopes to be taking his new Dell tablet and design skills to a four-year art school in the fall. He is applying to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Salem State University.

The Class of 2014 T-shirts will be available for sale in March. The cost is $10 each T-shirts can be pre-ordered by contacting Lindsey Mayo at lmayo@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3621.

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