South Georgia Talent Won the Alapaha River Water Trail Logo Contest

Press release from the issuing company

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

South Georgia's got talent! Winners from Tift County High School and Lanier County High School got cash and other prizes for their logo submissions at the Alapaha River Water Trail conference Saturday.

  • First Place winner, Maya Turner, senior at Tift County High School, took home $100 and two admission tickets to Wild Adventures Theme Park, Valdosta for her winning logo design in the WWALS Watershed Coalition's Alapaha River Water Trail logo contest on Saturday March 14, 2015 at the Gaskins Forest Education Center near Alapaha Georgia.
  • Second Place winner, Taarna Jones, senior at Lanier County High school received $50 and a $50 gift card to Camping World Retail Store, Lake Park Georgia, and a Browning Buck cap from Jasper Hardware, Jasper, Florida.
  • Third Place winner, Glenda Velasquez from Tift County High School, who was unable to attend the event, won $50 and a Browning Buck cap.
  • Codi Sadler, senior from Lanier County High School won Honorable Mention for his entry and received a rugged military style backpack from Jasper Hardware.

The top four winners were chosen from 21 entries and the judging was difficult because of the variety and creativity of the logo designs. South Georgia truly has talent! A big thank you goes out to all the participating students!

WWALS would like to thank teachers Sylvia Ragan, Lanier County HIgh School, and Meredith Osmus, Tift County High School for facilitating their students' participation in the contest. And as the winning students discovered, it pays to participate!

Thank you also to our contest judges, John Fitton from Lakeland-Lanier Chamber of Commerce; Dennis Price from Hamilton County Tourism Council; Julie Bowland, Art Professor at Valdosta State University, and Christopher Graham, WWALS ARWT committee chair.

Many thanks to our generous contest sponsors that donated prizes for the winners. They include Wild Adventures Theme Park, Camping World Retail Store, Jasper Hardware, and WWALS members Dr. Bret Wagenhorst, Chris Mericle the Hometown Handyman, Dave Hetzel, and Garry Gentry.

The winning logo will be on informational brochures about the Alapaha River Water Trail. It will appear on the WWALS ARWT website, and it will be on information at kiosks that will be placed at access points along the Alapaha River. The brochures will be distributed at Welcome Stations, various tourist attractions, Chambers of commerce, etc.