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Realtors logo design winner is Tuck

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Samantha Tuck, center was the winner of the logo contest, sponsored by the Southern Piedmont Land & Lakes Board of Realtors and receives her check from Steve Woltz, along with Kathy Diamond, and back row: Jim Davis, Bill Baker and Sharon Wilborn. / November 14, 2013
The winner of a logo design contest for the Southern Piedmont Land & Lakes Board of Realtors says she was guided by a simple wish in creating her artwork: “I just wanted to have fun with it,” said Samantha Tuck, a senior at Halifax County High School.

Tuck, a member of the high school’s dual enrollment graphic design program, produced the winner out of 38 contest entries submitted by HCHS students. Her design incorporates the topography of peaks and waterfront, bounded by the Southern Piedmont Land & Lakes name, rendered in elegant script. “It delivered the message of what we sell and where we sell,” said Clarksville Realtor Bill Baker, incoming SPLLB president, in explaining the group’s choice of a winner.

Local Realtor Rebecca “Honey” Davis marveled at the quality of the work turned in by students in the graphic arts program, which is stationed at the SVHEC Innovation Center next to The Prizery. There, high school students earn college credit through the dual enrollment course, offered in conjunction with Danville Community College and taught by third-year teacher Stephen Woltz.

Woltz instructs students the fine art of design at the Innovation Center’s graphic arts lab, equipped with Macintosh desktops running Adobe Illustrator. The offer by the real estate association to hold the contest came at an opportune time, said Woltz: he was preparing a lesson on the finer points of marketing and logo design, and the competition gave students a chance to put the concepts in practice.

Tuck’s winning design captures “all of what we stand for,” added Kathy Diamond of Clarksville, outgoing president of the SPLLB.

Her artwork will be featured on the group’s website ( and displayed prominently in marketing efforts, including the Showcase of Homes open house event in May and June.

As their reward, Tuck and the graphics design program received a check for $250 from the Realtors group, to be split equally.

Tuck, the daughter of Victor David Tuck Jr. and Sherry Bowen Tuck of Virgilina, plans to attend Full Sail University in Florida to study music production after she graduates from HCHS.

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