September 8-12, 2013McCormick PlaceChicago, IL USA
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Entrants Challenged to Design and Create a Printed Product to Demonstrate 'Print Is Here to Stay'

Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has announced the winners of the GAERF 2013 Student Design Competition. This fifth annual contest, themed Forever Print, challenged students from secondary and post-secondary institutions to design and create a printed product that demonstrates, although we live in a 'digital age,' much information is best conveyed—and proven to be the most effective —in print.

From among the 133 entries, six winners were chosen, three at the secondary school level and three at the post-secondary school level.

Winners at the secondary school level were:

  • 1st Place: Krista Sanders
    Monroe Technology Center, Leesburg, VA
    (Instructor: Pamela Smith)
  • 2nd Place: Ashley Farias
    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fall River, MA
    (Instructor: Siobhan Santos)
  • 3rd Place: Coral Peters
    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fall River, MA
    (Instructor: Siobhan Santos)

Winners at the post-secondary school level were:

  • 1st Place: Deborah Jones
    Wright State University – Lake Campus, Celina, OH
    (Instructor: Teresa Richter)
  • 2nd Place: Desiree Sullivan
    Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
    (Instructor: Steven Gonsowski)
  • 3rd Place: Kalen Blackburn
    Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
    (Instructor: William Baldwin)

First place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day all-expenses paid trip to attend PRINT 13 in Chicago, IL. In addition, they will be presented with $2,000 checks during PRINT 13's Career Awareness Day on Thursday, September 12, 2013. The second place winners will each be awarded $1,500, and the third place winners will each receive $1,000.

"GAERF is proud to continue its commitment to supporting education initiatives by encouraging creativity and self-expression in students through the art of design and production," said GAERF President Ralph Nappi. "The GAERF 2013 Student Design Competition has served to recognize our best and brightest students, as well as the significant commitment of their instructors."

All student entries will be featured in a special display within PRINT 13's Education Main Street, and accessed through the GAERF website: and the graphicCOMMcentral website:

About Education Main Street
Printing industry professionals from around the world will convene September 8-12, 2013, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL to attend PRINT 13, the year's largest and most innovative trade show and conference for the graphic communications industry in the Americas. The show's Education Main Street pavilion is where representatives from colleges, universities and educational organizations will provide information on curriculum offerings, scholarships, and internships.

About GAERF®
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation was established in 1983 by the National Association for Printing Leadership, NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies and the Printing Industries of America. These three national associations jointly own the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). GAERF was created to channel a portion of the revenues earned by GASC-managed shows into projects supporting a strong future for the industry. For additional information about the Foundation and its programs, visit the GAERF website at: or call toll-free at: (866) 381-9839.