PBL students design health department's logo

PAXTON — Billboards will go up later this month displaying some of the graphic design work of two graduating seniors at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

Ali Hofer and Amanda Diesburg designed the logo for the newly created Ford County Public Health Department, which plans to place billboards in Paxton and Gibson City in upcoming weeks showing the logo for all to see.

The board of health asked art students in Ford County’s three school districts — Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Tri-Point — to design possible logos for the health department this spring. But PBL was the only district to submit any entries in the contest, said the board’s president, Mike Short of rural Paxton.

Of the “eight to 10” entries submitted, two stood out the most, Short said. Those proposed logos were created by Hofer and Diesburg, independent of one another.

“The board really liked the graphics on one and the lettering on the other,” Short said, “so what we did is (have PBL High School art teacher Mary Ager) merge the two (into one).”

The result was the logo that will be unveiled on the agency’s billboards.

“We were pleased,” Short said. “There was quite good participation from the students, and we were very pleased with the result.”

Ager, along with PBL High School art teacher Emily Valencia, asked their art students to design possible logos as a class project.

“We compiled the best of the best and submitted those designs,” Valencia said. “I felt this was an excellent opportunity for our students to represent PBL through their artwork. My students were really motivated to create something that would be potentially seen throughout the entire county.”

Diesburg is in Valencia’s Art III class and computer graphics class. 

“She has a natural eye for good design, and I feel her creation was a great representation of that,” Valencia said. “She also is planning on majoring in graphic design at Robert Morris College in Chicago, so this was a great experience for her before beginning on her career path.”

Diesburg and Hofer were treated to a pizza party, along with two guests of their choice, during a recent lunch hour. In attendance were Short and the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department’s interim administrator, Steve Williams.

“I’m excited to see what it looks like together,” Diesburg said.

Location (3):Local, Paxton, Ford County

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