High school senior wins parade logo contest

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published February 17, 2016

 The winning logo for the 2016 Memorial Day Parade was designed by Kyle Molloy, a Lakeview High School senior.

The winning logo for the 2016 Memorial Day Parade was designed by Kyle Molloy, a Lakeview High School senior.

Photo provided by the St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade Committee

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Winners were announced for the St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade logo, a contest open to high school art students.

The Parade Committee announced the winning logo Feb. 1, created by Kyle Molloy, a senior at Lakeview High School.

“Originally, it was a school project,” Molloy said. “One of my friends, last year, won the same contest. I thought it’d be a really cool thing to win.”

The theme for this year’s parade is “Honor Their Service,” and Parade Committee Chair Cheryl Furdos said Molloy’s design really fit that theme.

“‘Honor Their Service’ applies to everyone, and this logo was really a universal symbol of service people,” she said. “Our judges were very pleased, and it was an immediate decision.”

The first runner-up in the contest was Nathan White, of Lakeview High School, and second runner-up went to Robert Swetlik, of South Lake High School.

Molloy will be in the parade, receive a proclamation from the mayor and City Council, and also a check for $100 from Shorewood Kiwanis. The winning logo will be represented across all parade memorabilia this year, including T-shirts.

Molloy said he actually created three designs and submitted two. 

“I was like, ‘I have extra time, I might as well try to design a third one,’ which ended up winning,” he said. “I fell in love with that design.”

He said he was shocked when his teacher announced that the winner was in their class, and even more surprised to learn that he had won.

“I thought that was an amazing opportunity,” he said. 

The graphic design class was his first art class at school, to fulfill a graduation requirement. Molloy said he started drawing a little while ago when his girlfriend bought him a sketchbook.

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