Brahmas design cards for scholarship

Catherine Liu, Staff Writer

With the chance of winning a $10,000 scholarship, Diamond Bar High School beginner computer graphics class students have created designs for the National Greeting Card Competition sponsored by The Gallery Collection.

Freshman Erin Zhou, juniors Phoebe Tsui and Katrina Lee and senior Angela Liu were chosen as finalists for the second round of voting. The Gallery Collection chooses 100 entries out of all submissions for the month, which are made available for voting online. The top ten of each group will move on to the final round in April, where the company will select one winner. The winner’s school will also receive $1,000.

“Everyone in my class are really talented people, and the fact that mine was chosen out of theirs is really astounding and I totally didn’t expect it,” Zhou said.

Zhou’s card features the words “Happy Holidays” within a wreath designed with Christmas ornaments encircling it. While the contestants were allowed to create any type of card, the four contestants all decided to use a Christmas theme.

“I chose Christmas because Christmas is a more popular theme among card traders,” Lee said.

Lee got her inspiration from the movie “Tangled” and added swirls to her blue and white Christmas tree design. Tsui also designed a Christmas tree, while Liu created a jumping snowman.

DBHS computer graphics teacher Alina Gallardo required her class to create a card, but the students decided whether they wished to submit their designs or not. In her ninth year of teaching, Gallardo has continued this as a yearly assignment for her class and incorporates what she teaches in class with the card. While The Gallery Collection allows photos and hand drawn cards, the students use Adobe Illustrator.

“[I want] to give them that experience of where they can take this skill that they’re learning,” Gallardo said.