Left to Right: Hailey Gross, VWHS art teacher; Allie Etter; Sara Gallagher; Nathan Rager, owner of Rager's Original Sausage Sandwich
Allie Etter and Sara Gallagher, juniors at Van Wert High School, were recently selected as winners of the Rager’s Original Sausage Sandwich design contest. Nathan Rager, owner and VWHS alum, approached Hailey Gross, Van Wert High School art teacher, with the idea of having students create a design for the upcoming debut of the “dough girl”, a companion to the sugary, sweet “dough boy” that’s currently on the menu.
Rager explained his inspiration for the contest came from his late brother, Justin Rager. Justin was in high school when his artwork was chosen for display in Van Wert County Hospital, now Van Wert Health, during their expansion in 1992. “He was always proud of his work that was selected to be part of a display in the entrance of the hospital’s addition and was appreciative of the inspiration and education he received with the art department at VWHS.”
Gross was excited by the idea Rager presented. “We are a Project Based Learning school, and what is more authentic than actually designing something for a local business,” she stated. 11 students submitted artwork for the contest. Students were required to have previously taken or be currently enrolled in Digital Art so they were familiar with the design software. All participants received a $10 gift card to Rager’s, and the two winners each received an additional $50. All designs submitted to Rager’s will be used for promotional purposes over time, but Etter’s and Gallagher’s designs will be printed on t-shirts for the Rager’s team members to wear. “It’s great for them to create something and gain feedback from someone in the community. It makes them feel like a true artist,” Gross said.
This is the second design award Etter has recently received. In June, she traveled alongside classmate Lyrissa Hammons to Anaheim, California to present her FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) interior design project for which they earned a gold medal. Etter plans to pursue Interior Design after high school.
Gallagher has also been awarded for her artwork in the past, both in elementary and middle school. She enjoys art as a hobby, finding joy in expressing her creativity and pride in completing a piece. She is still deciding her path after high school but wants to pursue some sort of humanitarian career, possibly in law, anesthesiology, or epidemiology.
Designed by Allie Etter.
Designed by Sara Gallagher.