Submitted by O Bee Credit Union
Three Yelm High School students were chosen as the top winners in a design contest sponsored by O Bee Credit Union. The first place winner received a $500 cash prize and earned an additional $500 for the high school as well.
The design contest challenged students to create the best image for O Bee’s new “Famous Yelm” debit card. “The students have been very excited about this contest. They’ve been super busy with testing and studying, but many of them found time to develop designs to submit, and we are so proud of them. We have a lot of talented students here,” said Carrie Winiecki, ASB Advisor at Yelm High School.
O Bee received over 25 designs for the contest. “It was hard to choose a winner, said Shannon Grant, Manager of O Bee’s Yelm Branch. “There’s a lot of community pride in Yelm. We all live and work in Yelm and it has a distinct history and unique character all its own. We think the winning design has really captured that,” she added.
Ernest Ziegenfelder, a sophomore, was the first place winner. His design depicts Mt. Rainier with the Yelm prairie in the foreground. “We have a really good view of Mt. Rainier, so I definitely wanted to put that in,” said Ziegenfelder. “I’m kind of surprised I won. People were saying ‘I hope you win,’ but I thought with the whole school involved the odds of winning were going to be tough. Halfway through the process I almost quit, but I stuck with it and I guess it worked!” he added.
Tyler McIntosh and Cam’ron Stovall won second and third place respectively with $250 and $100 awards. Honorable mention went to Cheyenne Lombardi and Quinton Lincoln who won $25 each.
The winning design will be unveiled at the Yelm Prairie Days parade. The students who won will be invited to ride on the O Bee float featuring the new Famous Yelm card. All winning designs will be on display at O Bee’s Yelm Branch through the month of July.
About O Bee Credit Union: O Bee Credit Union (The Olympia Brewing Co. Employees and Families Credit Union) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. It was started February 16, 1955, by Ted McGill, who worked in the bottle house of the brewery. This full service, non-profit credit union, owned by its members, has five branches located in Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, West Olympia and Yelm. Membership is open to all Washington residents. Visit www.obee.com for more information about O Bee Credit Union.