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Day: January 19, 2015

MHS junior designs logo for new tech school

A mock-up of the logo as it will likely appear on the school’s entry sign. Planning Principal John Honey said it will likely appear on Portland Road within the next month or so.
A mock-up of the logo as it will likely appear on the school’s entry sign. Planning Principal John Honey said it will likely appear on Portland Road within the next month or so.

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Aimee Williams, as a junior at McNary High School, has left her mark in several places around Keizer.

Last year, she came up with winning designs of T-shirts for two Keizer elementary schools and the Lady Celt Powder Puff football game. Last week, she found out her treatment of a logo for Salem-Keizer School District’s Career Technical Education Center will likely adorn the new school for decades to come.

“It’s really exciting. They just showed me some concept drawing for how it will look on the building and it’s an honor for the design to be mine,” Williams said.

Williams’ stint in Todd Layton’s graphic design classes at McNary began in her sophomore year and she’s taken two courses from him each semester since she started.

“I love doing this work and making logos. I want to go to school for graphic design, but I still have some time to choose,” she said.

McNary students were the only ones involved in the logo project, but it’s another feather in the cap for Layton and his students. Last spring, another student of his created the new logo for the Greater Valley Conference, the OSAA league that replaced the Central Valley Conference.

Aimee Williams’ design of a logo for the planned Career Technical Education Center was selected as the official logo of the new school. A few of the many ways it will be used are hanging from the Digital Arts sign outside Todd Layton’s classroom. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Aimee Williams’ design of a logo for the planned Career Technical Education Center was selected as the official logo of the new school. A few of the many ways it will be used are hanging from the Digital Arts sign outside Todd Layton’s classroom. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

“I am excited with the amount of success and notoriety that has come surrounding our design work. I have always been proud of the work that we produce. I guess the difference lately has been that people outside of the school are realizing that these students create some really good designs,” said Layton. “I am hopeful that we are asked to do more (projects like the CTEC logo) in the future.”

As for Williams’ work in particular, Layton said her strength is in her willingness to be part of a team that makes an overall concept work better. For example, senior Megan Douglas designed the poster for McNary’s upcoming production of Legally Blonde, but it was Williams’ silhouetted character work that is the centerpiece of the poster.

“I think the thing that stands out the most for her is that she is really good coming up with the artistic elements for the design. She works really hard at designing interesting, eye-catching elements,” Layton said. “Her designs are very good while usually being completely different than everyone else on the design team.”

Former McNary Principal John Honey is planning principal for the new school which will be located on Portland Road in Salem. He said Williams’ logo was selected for its clean simplicity.

“More importantly, when staff at the Salem-Keizer School District office were polled, the image created by Aimee just resonated with people,” Honey said. “Sarah Whitney, the graphic artist at Inhouse Graphics, then used Aimee’s concept to develop a logo that was a bit more refined and that is how we got the final palette of logos and fonts.”

Honey said Williams’ logo might be up on the building signage as soon as next month.

For Williams, the selection is still sinking in.

“Everyone did such a great job with their logos, I was sure they would pick someone else’s,” she said.

Other students participating in the logo design contest were: Douglas, Emily Crueger, Haley Turner, Macana Wyatt, Amanda Vergara, Alyx Peterson, Karen Hernandez, Hannah Conner and Madyson Guzman.

Mayor Clark: “We’re all in”

Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark delivers her first State of the City address Tuesday at the Keizer Quality Suites during the Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark delivers her first State of the City address Tuesday at the Keizer Quality Suites during the Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Last week Cathy Clark became the new mayor of Keizer.

This week, she gave her first State of the City address.

Clark gave her speech at Tuesday’s Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Keizer Quality Suites, eight days after being sworn in as mayor. Clark served on the Keizer City Council for the past eight years and took over Keizer’s top spot from Lore Christopher, who led the city for 14 years.

During her speech, Clark emphasized Keizerites working together, the health of the city and plans moving forward.

“When people move to Keizer, time and time again you hear people say they feel like they have moved home,” Clark said. “Businesses say this feels like home.”

Clark said the city motto of Pride, Spirit and Volunteerism is more than a mere motto.

“We live it every day,” she said. “We have decided we’re all in. We show up. We show up at meetings, at openings, at celebrations. We work in the parks, we coach our kids’ sports teams. When it comes to making Keizer a community, we’re all in.”

Clark gave praise to Keizer police chief John Teague for the work he’s done since returning to take over the Keizer Police Department in the fall of 2013.

“Chief Teague has been effective in getting results,” she said. “He uses problem-oriented policing. It’s about the identifying and fixing of the root problems.”

Clark touched on the 19 parks in Keizer and emphasized the need for sustainability.

“As much as we’d like to think we will be here forever, we won’t be,” she said. “We have to have new people get involved in the parks so they can be sustainable.”

Related to that, Clark mentioned the Big Toy play structure coming to Keizer Rapids Park. A five-day community build is scheduled for June 10 to 14, with more information online at keizerbigtoy.org.

“Grab your kids, your neighbors and go sign up,” Clark said. “Let’s come together and build a fantastic play place for our kids, our grandkids, our community. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of a community that wants to do something like this. We are going to make this happen.”

Clark said Keizer has come through the Great Recession in “fine form” and has a bright future.

“If I were to summarize the state of the city, we are starting to boom,” she said. “You look at Keizer Station, River Road, our new developments. And we are poised to do even more.”

While noting success of businesses in Keizer Station, Clark also mentioned the Keizer Economic Development Commission she’s chairing, which builds upon the previous River Road Renaissance task force and the Keizer Compass future planning.

“These plans are rich in ideas and possibilities for the community,” Clark said. “We need more land. We need to expand the Urban Growth Boundary. But we can’t wait to finish that process before we take care of the land we have.”

Clark wants the commission to target businesses in key sectors and lure them into Keizer, particularly along River Road.

“We need to make sure they can be successful here,” she said. “We brought in five commission members who have businesses on River Road. We did that on purpose. We want to make sure we can be a strong community.”

As she has mentioned before, Clark will be continuing her Coffee with Cathy meetings, an informal time for citizens to meet with the mayor and offer ideas or suggestions.

“There are great ideas from people who really love Keizer,” Clark said. “I’m privileged to listen in on your ideas for Keizer.”

Clark made it clear several times during her speech she’s looking forward to the future in Keizer.

“I want to let you know Keizer works,” she said. “Keizer works because we’re committed to making it work. We’re all in.”