Student wins scholarship for logo design

New logo for Compass Community Connections

LEWISTOWN — Compass Community Connections recently changed their name and was in search of a new logo. Beth Zong, executive director, turned to Rebecca Conner, a tech ed teacher at Mifflin County High School, in hopes of finding a student that could create one.

Recently, Conner put out a plea for community members to come to her with opportunities that would give students a chance to apply their skills in real world projects. So together, they came up with a logo design contest.

Brent Hartman, another tech ed teacher at Mifflin County High School, held the contest, which about 75 students participated in. From the 75 entries, it was narrowed down to 16 semi-finalists, which were sent on to Zong. She then picked two. The students were given constructive feedback and a few ideas for modification. They were then re-submitted and Zong picked the winner.

John Hurlburt, a senior at Mifflin County High School, was one of the students who participated in the contest. Hurlburt’s design was ultimately selected as the winner and was awarded a scholarship. He said that he plans to put the money into savings and use it towards his future studies. He plans on attending Penn State for landscape architecture.

Zong said she appreciated the simplicity of Hurlburt’s design. It was classy, yet simple.

“That’s what I was going for,” said Hurlburt.

He originally entered the contest because he didn’t apply for any other scholarships and figured he should apply for one. He didn’t expect much to come out of it, let alone be selected as the winner.

“I’m glad for the opportunity,” Hurlburt said.

Zong didn’t want to give the students too much to work with, as she was looking for something original and creative. The students were given information about the business, slogan, and their mission. On their own, they did some research on Compass Community Connections through old Sentinel articles.

Zong said she wanted to allow students to be free to be creative.

Conner said she was thankful for Zong giving this experience to students and allowing them the opportunity to apply themselves.

“It gives them a great learning experience working with a client,” Conner said.

Zong told Hurlburt that there would always be a piece of him there, as the logo will go on numerous things, such as the website, Facebook page, envelopes and t-shirts, to name a few.

Conner encourages other members of the community to reach out to her with these types of opportunities for students. Her email is