Students were political canvassers, escape room artists, physicists, fashionistas, inventors, thought leaders, collaborators, activists, change agents, and boat builders, among many other identities, during Project Week 2019.
When seventh-grader Andrew Vilarin was mulling over ideas for Pingry's annual New Year's Greeting Card Design Contest, he immediately thought of a snow globe. And then, knowing that he wanted to incorporate the School somehow, he sketched Pingry's iconic clock tower and statue inside of the globe. But, according to the budding artist, who has been sketching since the age of 4, the globe and the tower didn't feel quite sufficient. The design needed something more. He scanned the draft and started experimenting in Adobe Illustrator when it hit him—add Finn! (For readers unfamiliar with Pingry's canine staff member, Finn is the School's resident goose-chaser.) And so, about a week and seven sketches of our furry friend later, he had it. "I fit Finn next to the globe and that gave the design the extra dimension it needed," he explains. He used Illustrator to position and add color to his two sketches, and voilà, the winning submission—the first ever for a Middle Schooler—emerged.
In addition to his nascent efforts to sell his artwork on redbubble.com, Andrew can now add winner of Pingry's New Year's card contest to his list of artistic achievements.
Selecting the victor was no easy task for the panel of Pingry faculty and staff judges from both campuses. This year delivered the highest number of creative submissions in the contest's four-year history. For this reason, several Honorable Mentions were recognized: Angelina Mayers '19, Charlotte Hao '28, and Sophia Guild '26.
Andrew's festive card and its New Year wishes were delivered to over 2,500 mailboxes, just in time to ring in 2019! We wish the entire Pingry community a very Happy New Year!
Andrew's initial sketches that led to his final design:
Angelina Mayers '19, Honorable Mention
Charlotte Hao '28, Honorable Mention
Sophia Guild '26, Honorable Mention
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