Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School senior, Ryan Coughlan, is using his ingenuity and creativity to compete in the pin design contest for the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Fall Leadership Conference to be held at Pocono Manor Resort this coming November.
Ryan, who is EASTERN’s SkillsUSA School-Wide Vice President, has always had a love for art. When he was a sophomore at Springfield Township High School, Ryan was pleased to learn that he could spend half the day in EASTERN’s Commercial Art program learning the value and application of his unique style in both design and illustration, and how to use industry-standard software.
He is currently working on seven designs to submit for the Pin Design competition. The concept is based off of leadership. From there, Ryan was inspired to create designs based of three slogans that he developed: Lead to Inspire, Stand with Power, and Explore your Possibility. The designs will be judged on criteria such as originality, creativity, appropriateness of the slogan, professional appearance, and presentation.
“Ryan is an exceptional and dedicated student,” said Nicole Mohrey, EASTERN’s Commercial Art Instructor. “In addition to outstanding photography and graphic design skills, Ryan is a natural leader. I am proud of his pin designs and I am looking forward to his participation in the CTSO Fall Leadership Conference.”
After Ryan graduates from Springfield Township High School and EASTERN’s Commercial Art program, he plans to pursue postsecondary education in architecture and design.