The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 3, 2014

Athens State students take top awards at state competition

By Lora Scripps

— Three Athens State art students took top awards as post-secondary division winners at a statewide Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services competition.

The poster competition — Ability Counts — was held to promote awareness of the talents that people with disabilities bring to the job market as well as reward students across the state for their artistic abilities. This year’s theme was “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.”

Athens State’s Rachel Monroe took first place while Autumn Letson and Megan Graves, took second and third place respectively. All three students study graphic design in the art department at ASU.

“Our students did a tremendous job of working creatively and professionally with this task,” said Pamela Keller, Professor of Art for ASU at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. “Students in the advanced graphic design class enter this competition annually and because we have top quality students, we usually do have one or two posters place in the awards but this is the first year we have taken all three competition prizes. We are extremely proud of the talent in our students and their level of ability.”

The three students were awarded competition prizes in their division including $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. They will also be honored, along with other state winners, at an upcoming awards ceremony in Montgomery.