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UWG student's design wins Peachtree T-shirt contest
UWG student's design wins Peachtree T-shirt contest

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A budding artist at the University of West Georgia can now see her latest work donned by thousands of Peachtree Road Race participants.

Jessica Ferguson's design won this year's Atlanta Track Club Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest. She was also one of three finalists from UWG professor Clint Samples' digital media class.

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The 21-year-old student created her winning image by loading her palette knife "with reds, oranges, yellows and whites all at once. I just played around with it until I liked it."

Ferguson individually scanned each letter of the word "Peachtree" to make the final image. The "C" is a partial peach with a leaf on top.

This is the second year in a row that one of Samples' students won the T-shirt design contest.

The art professor said the contest gives students a taste of what they will encounter as career artists and designers.

"They've got to go out and compete in the real world, and I saw this as a great opportunity for them to do that," Samples said.

Allison Bennett, the 2010 winner, agrees.

"This is on my résumé," she said. "55,000 people wore my design. And it has been a good connection to get me other paying jobs designing T-shirts and flyers."

Ferguson will receive a $1,000 prize for her design, not to mention bragging rights for being such an important part of the Peachtree Road Race legacy.

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