By Andrea Swayne
The Dana Point Festival of Whales committee has chosen Dana Hills High School student Alec Brady as this year’s logo design winner from entries received via an annual program charging the art departments at the school with a student art contest.
The runners-up, from second to fifth place are: Stephanie Kuehle, Kate Summer, Joey Benrubi and Kai Fowler.
Penny Elia, the festival’s executive director, first reached out to the high school in 2011 with the idea of creating a contest in which students could compete to create the official logo for the 2012 event.
Each year since, one winner and four runners-up have been chosen from among the participating classes at Dana Hills.
Students also participate in a Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Ocean Institute field trip for inspiration in creating other art to display at the festival’s Art in the Park show each year.
“This year, the Dana Point Fine Arts Association provided the Festival of Whales Foundation with a generous contribution to assist with DHHS participation in Art in the Park,” Elia said. “That was a huge help and allowed us to award the prize money prior to the school year starting, for the first time ever.”
The 44th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales is set for March 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2015, at the Dana Point Harbor.
For more information, see www.festivalofwhales.com.