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High school senior honored for designing realtors logo

Halifax County High School Senior Samantha Tuck was recognized by the Southern Piedmont Land and Lakes Board of Realtors on Tuesday for winning their recent logo contest. 

Students in the graphic design course taught at the Innovation Center for Halifax County High School participated in the contest.  

Tuck is the daughter of Sherry Bowen Tuck and Victor David Tuck Jr. of Virgilina. 

Upon graduating this spring, Tuck hopes to attend Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla. to study music production. 

According to local realtor Honey Davis, when the board decided to conduct the contest, she went to the STEM Center looking for students who could compete, and she was told to come to Stephen Woltz’s graphic design class. Bluestone High School also was invited to participate.

Incoming Southern Piedmont Land and Lakes Board of Realtors President Bill Baker said, “We have been an official board since January of 2002. We’ve had a name, but we needed a logo.” 

 “My class was about to cover logo design, and since I like to give them real life experience, I decided to do the contest with the students,” said Woltz. 

Woltz, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011 with a degree in communications, teaches dual-enrollment graphic design courses at Halifax County High School. A 2009 graduate of Halifax County High School, Woltz is currently in his third year of teaching.

A total of 38 of his students provided entries for the contest that they created using the program illustrator in their Mac-based classroom. 

According to Davis, the whole board had an opportunity to see copies of the submissions, and the members were really impressed with the student talent displayed in the logos. The selection committee had a real challenge in picking just one, she said.

 “We were blown away. There was so much talent,” said Davis.

Baker said, “We picked Tuck’s logo because it was simple, delivered a message and encompassed all we stand for including the area, the land and the water. It just truly captured what the group is about.” 

Tuck voiced surprise that her logo was chosen saying, “I was shocked to win the contest because I feel like I didn’t put as much effort as I would have liked. I just had fun with it.” 

For this senior, having fun rather than being serious about it paid off. 

Outgoing Southern Piedmont Land and Lakes Board of Realtors President Kathy Diamond on Tuesday presented a check for $250 to Woltz. 

Woltz said the check would be split between Tuck and the graphic design program. 

The winning logo will soon be displayed on Southern Piedmont Land and Lakes Board of Realtors’ website as well as used in advertising and during community activities, said Baker.