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Drawing for a cause
Student designs United Ways new logo
The winners of the United Way logo contest are, from left, Edil Ostoleza, Nathaniel Towns and Retha Rowe. Ostelizas design, at right, took first place. - photo by Randy Murray

The United Way of Liberty County recognized the winners of a logo design contest Thursday during its meeting at Poole’s Deli.

Edil Ostoleza, Nathaniel Towns and Retha Rowe, all Bradwell Institute graduates this year, were the top finishers. Ostoleza took first place, Towns second and Rowe third. The contest for high school students ended April 25.

“I like to create things with my imagination,” said Ostoleza, who plans to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. “I like to show things others may not see.”

Towns and Rowe both plan to attend Georgia Southern. Rowe is unsure about her major.

“For me, art is how I hope to be able to make my mark in the world,” Towns said.

“Art is fun,” said Rowe, shrugging her shoulders, smiling as she searched for better words to describe her creativity. “It’s both hobby and a God-given talent.”

Jennifer Darsey, Liberty County UW executive director, said the new logo was to convey the charitable organization’s mission in support of community programs with a focus on the idea of getting the community to “live united.”

Ostoleza received an iPad, while Towns and Rowe received Kindle Fire tablets.

Both Towns and Rowe said they entered the contest for the experience. Ostoleza laughed and said he did it mostly for a grade in his art class.

The local UW board members also met Karen Boykin, a credit counselor from Savannah who works in Hinesville occasionally. She said she prefers counseling appointments, but takes walk-ins if she’s available.

Liberty County United Way is at 123 E. M.L. King Jr. Drive. For more information, call 368-4282.

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