LIHU‘E n Something that Denise Dion-Scoyni did a long time ago came back to her.
Dion-Scoyni, an art teacher at Kula School, came up with three designs for the county’s “You Speed, You Lose” logo contest as a way to get her art students motivated.
But, due to students’ pending projects, none of the students had time to enter any of their own work. This led Dion-Scoyni to enter the three designs in the contest.
One of the three ended up winning the contest, something that thrilled the former graphic arts designer. The winning design will be incorporated into the county’s “You speed, You lose” campaign as banners, letterheads, and other items.
“I had the 11th- and 12th-grade boys in mind when I came up with this design,” Dion-Scoyni said. “And when we discussed the designs in class, everyone agreed that this was the one.”
Additionally, Dion-Scoyni said, the students told her the banner had a double meaning. “Speed” could mean speeding in a car, and is a common name for drugs. Either way, you lose, the students said.
“Students in the third and fourth grades were excited when they saw the design on a banner posted in Kapa‘a,” Dion-Scoyni said.
Mary Daubert, the county’s public information officer, said that once the winning design was selected, Sign Art lost little time in producing banners that started appearing at various locations on Friday.
Dion-Scoyni said that before she knew she won, she was discussing the possibility of winning with her family, including husband Michael, and daughters Hannah, a 10th grader, and Amelia, a 7th grader at Kula School.
“If I win, I’ll take you folks to Disneyland,” she told her family.
As she accepted her $500 prize, Dion-Scoyni said, “I guess we’ll be heading to Disneyland, now.”
Dion-Scoyni also thanked Daubert for allowing her to be part of a “fun opportunity.”
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) and firstname.lastname@example.org