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April 18, 2005

Cowley student awarded Best in Show at graphic design contest


Kira Endicott, a Computer Graphic Arts student at Cowley College, received the Best in Show award Saturday at the Kansas American Institute for Graphic Arts Student Portfolio Forum in Wichita.

Endicott, 22, a 2000 graduate of Arkansas City High School, was one of three Cowley students who entered the competition. Zach Noland and Philip Roth also entered for Cowley instructor Denise Irwin.

The students competed against 12 other two-year students.

This was the first year Irwin entered students in the competition.

“She entered 12 pieces of graphic design work from her course work here at Cowley,” Irwin said. “She is a designer with a clean, modernist look, with a very feminine, graceful feel.”

Endicott’s entries included logo design, collateral design, and book and poster designs.

Endicott said she was surprised she won Best in Show.

“I didn’t even think I would win anything because everyone else’s portfolios looked better,” she said. “I was just hoping mine wasn’t the worst. I don’t even think I really presented mine that well because I was so nervous.”

Endicott received Adobe CS software and a scholarship check.