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BHS students create artwork for MVTA, 'Beyond the Yellow Ribbon'

Students enrolled in Burnsville High School’s Interactive Design class, a Business elective course taught by Tyler Krebs, have produced interior panels for display in local and express Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) buses.  The panels focus on

Photo (from left); Jared Hruby, Mike Huddleston, and Jeremy Colegrove (Osiris Kegan was not pictured)

themes involving school spirit, transit, and in cooperation with the City of Burnsville, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

The goal of “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” is to create a statewide network of volunteers, agencies, organizations and services that can provide military families with assistance and support at a moment’s notice. Individual Yellow Ribbon cities are tasked with developing and maintaining that network within their communities.

The students’ “school spirit” and “transit” artwork was reviewed by the MVTA and winning entries were selected in the two categories. The “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” winning entries were selected by Mike Huddleston, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Foundation.

Winners were: School Spirit – sophomore Jared Hruby of Savage (son of Scott and Terry Hruby); Transit – senior Jeremy Colegrove of Burnsville (son of Suanne and Jeff Colegrove); and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon – junior Osiris Kegan of Burnsville (son of Abigail Alvarez and Burton Kegan). The students received a certificate of award and a $25 gift certificate to Best Buy for their efforts. 

A number of students received honorable mentions for their efforts and all panels are currently displayed on MVTA buses. As part of their class, students were to complete a project using Adobe Photoshop, along with a variety of graphics and images. The MVTA had the panels printed and dry mounted by Cornerstone Copy Center, for display on the interior of MVTA buses. Students were also given a copy of their final product. 

Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Foundation President Mike Huddleston participated in the presentation of the panels to the students. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Burnsville High School,” said Mayor Kautz. Huddleston added, “The students are so creative and we welcome this opportunity to help spread the good word about our Foundation.”

Each year, the students show greater technical skill and sophistication in using graphic tools and techniques to complete their projects,” said program coordinator Robin Selvig, MVTA Customer Service Manager. “We enjoy having these panels on our buses and hope it is fun for the students to receive life-size copies of their bus panels. We invite the students and their families to ride the buses to see their work.”          

This project is part of a strategic partnership between the MVTA and area schools. Cornerstone Copy Center also participates by producing the panels for a reduced price.

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Posted: Friday, April 8, 2016 - 07:18