When more than 400 hundred business and marketing teachers meet this summer for a statewide conference, one of the first things they will see is Brady Hartog’s colorful handiwork.
The artwork on the cover of the conference program is a crisp and snappy design that was created by the Hillcrest High freshman, who won the chance to have his work featured.Â
Teacher Ed Mondragon encouraged Hartog to enter the Utah State Office of Education-sponsored cover-design contest, which was Hartog’s first-ever entry to such a competition.
Mondragon praised his student for blending his computer-science skills with his creative side. “He’s artistic and he does programming, too,” Mondragon said of Hartog, who also is a member of the school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter. “He’s someone who can help our FBLA program for several years.”Â
Laura DeShazo, the business and marketing specialist from the USOE, recently visited Hillcrest to announce Brady as the winner of the competition.
In addition to the publication of his work on the conference covers, Hartog also received an Adobe Creative Suite software license.
For his part, Hartog says it’s “great to get my work seen by so many people.”
What’s clear, however, is that the sky is the limit for the well-spoken ninth-grader. While he “can’t deny the possibility” of becoming a professional graphic designer, he says he also “could be an engineer. Or maybe the President of the United States.”