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4 UK Students Take Honors in Logo Design Contest

First place logo winner, Leah Behling from UK
First place logo design by winner Leah Behling from UK.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2019) — Students from the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information have always made a strong showing in the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference’s logo design contest. This year was no different.

The annual logo contest is a national competition for college students across the country to submit an original design, which will be used as the AEJMC’s logo for its conference and all other promotional pieces the following year. The winner also receives a cash prize.

Four UK students took honors in the 2019 logo competition with Leah Behling placing first overall. Breanne Everett, Claire Monkman and Kaylee Hoelscher all tied for third place. Behling’s winning design will be used as the official logo for the 2020 conference, which will be held in San Francisco, California.

For this contest, the students’ AEJMC logo designs are judged solely on the design itself. Judges do not see student, advisor or university names in the judging process.

This is the third year in a row that a UK College of Communication and Information student has won this logo contest. Adriane Grumbein, assistant professor in integrated strategic communication, has served as the faculty sponsor for all of the ISC students entering the contest.

“I am thrilled for Leah and so excited to see her logo on all the upcoming conference material. Her design is elegant, timeless and clearly representative of San Francisco,” Grumbein said. “Having a three-way UK tie for third is icing on the cake."

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