Senior selected as national finalist in recycling-themed poster competition

Heather’s poster is up against four other nationwide finalists. Photo courtesy of Winthrop University

Senior Heather Prange didn’t hear about the competition that may help to end her job search from her professors or her major as she prepares to graduate this May with a degree in graphic design. Instead, she heard the idea from her other job, as a resident assistant in Lee Wicker Hall.

My supervisor [Residence Learning Coordinator] Kara Ostlund told me about the competition with RecycleMania,” Prange said. “She knew I was a graphic design major and so I decided to check it out.”

Although the Rock Hill native hadn’t heard of the organization before, RecycleMania has been working to promote and encourage recycling as a non-profit organization since 2001, according to its website. Prange, at the urging of Ostlund and Chris Johnson, the sustainability coordinator on campus, decided to create a draft to enter the organization’s national poster contest. For a month, Prange says she heard nothing of it until just two weeks ago.

“I had forgotten about it, really,” she said. “Then on Nov. 1, they sent me an email telling me congratulations, I had made it. I was kind of caught off guard.

Prange says the competition was a good use of her talents, as she likes to do graphic design on print media, such as posters, brochures and cards. She recently completed an internship at the local design company Stark & Associates, operated in Baxter Village in Fort Mill.

“I’m hoping it allows me to get a job there,” Prange said. “I really want to do something that allows me to do what I like to do, to communicate someone’s message.

Her poster was designed to show recycling in a positive manner and effectively communicate the goals of RecycleMania. The public will be allowed to vote for their favorite poster until noon (ET) on Thursday, Nov. 15.

The first place winning poster will receive $500 in cash or check. In addition, the winning poster will be printed for distribution to all the 2013 participating schools throughout the USA and Canada.

Prange feels good about her chances, especially after having the chance to see her competition.

“I’m happy to be recognized,” she said. “but I feel confident in my design. I’m hoping to get enough votes, it would definitely be pretty neat if mine won.”

To vote for Prange’s poster, visit

David Thackham

David is a former News Editor and Sports Editor for The Johnsonian. He graduated from Winthrop University in Fall 2014.

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