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Athens High School junior Ben Harris and his sticker design, which was chosen to be displayed by rodeo sponsors.
Athens High School junior Ben Harris and his sticker design, which was chosen to be displayed by rodeo sponsors.

Athens High students design posters for Sheriff's Rodeo

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — The technology wizards at Athens High School aren't high-paid consultants.

They're students.

The Teens and Teachers Teaming for Technology class, referred to as T-4, helps teachers create PowerPoint presentations and provides troubleshooting for staff.

The class's current project is designing a presentation for school television that provides an overview of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

That type of savvy know-how attracted the attention of Sheriff's Department Chief Clerk Debbie Davis, whose husband teaches at the school. Davis suggested that the class design rodeo posters for the upcoming 25th annual Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo.

"All the designs we got were fantastic," Sheriff Mike Blakely said. "And I like the fact we're using our local talent."

The rodeo, which uses money raised to buy patrol cars and provide employee training, also saved about $1,000 in design fees.

Junior Brittany McCown designed the winning poster. She used a wine-colored background and gold lettering with two rodeo photographs.

"I like that it's got a hard ankle cowboy on the bull there and a picture that shows a pageant contestant riding in on a horse," Blakely said.

Junior Ben Harris designed the winning rodeo sponsor's sticker. Businesses that sponsor the rodeo will display the red, white and blue sticker.

"I thought the patriotic colors would work well for this," Harris said. "It will be very cool to see it on display."

Businesses in Middle Tennessee and North Alabama will display 2,000 rodeo posters and 1,500 stickers for the May 18-19 event.

Blakely said students also designed a commemorative coin in honor of the rodeo's 25th year.

He has not picked a winning design and said cost will determine whether he can get the coins made.

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