WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport Sunrise Rotary honored Julia Schorr, a Staples High senior as its Student of the Month last Friday.
As a freshman, Schorr was a competitive rower at the Saugatuck Rowing Club and a student in an introductory graphic design class.
After seeing an advertisement announcing a nationwide contest for a logo for U. S. Rowing in the 2016 Olympics, Row to Rio, Schorr thought she had a shot at winning.
She made her design and won the online voting with a red, white and blue circular logo. But a judges panel ruled her work “only” among the top five.
Although her logo is not the official one, it will be featured at events leading up to the Olympics, which will be held next summer in Rio de Janeiro.
“I was incredibly proud to have my work recognized by U.S. Rowing in a field full of logos by established graphic designers,” she said.
But she has since turned her back on the cold and exhaustion of rowing and started up her one woman graphic design business, Myumi Designs. The name derives from her middle name, Mayumi, which means “truth, reason, beauty” in Japanese, and which “embodies the principles of her work.”
She designs logos and related artwork for businesses, teams, and individuals — and sets aside time each month to do work for nonprofits.
Another logo she showed was for The Colleen Dobbins Foundation, a nonprofit set up to honor Dobbins’ daughter, who died from injuries suffered at the hands of a baby sitter, and to support research into Shaken Bay Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma.
Her design incorporates green hearts placed in purple baby’s footprints, the former the Shaken Baby Syndrome color, the latter represents organ donation, a cause to which Dobbins is committed.
Another, more personal design, is a pink and aqua Mother’s Day card for the “World’s Best Mom.”
Schorr is also a co-captain of i2robotics, Staples’ robotics team. Combining robotics with her public service and her interest in Staples’ STEAM curriculum (an expansion of STEM adding Arts to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), she created promotional materials that raised $2,000 for a robotics league in Haiti.
And she designed a Martian landscape for a Mars Rover Simulator for Bridgeport’s Discovery Museum to help area students have fun learning about science and to raise awareness of STEAM.
“Design can connect people and make a difference,” she said.
Rotary International is committed to Service Above Self. If you’re interested in giving back to your community, getting your Fridays off to a jump start and hearing interesting speakers, e-mail Ron Holtz at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Westport Sunrise Rotary at Bertuccci’s, 833 Post Road East, at 7:30 a.m. every Friday.
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