09-30-14 Wagner Amber Press ReleaseEach fall, the students in Wendy Lenker-Badorf’s Advertising Art & Design class submit their designs for the Students for Strides t-shirt logo design. This year, a first-year student from Northern York School District took the prize with a very unconventional design.



“Honestly, I have no idea why they picked mine!” winning student Amber Wagner said about her design.




The front of the t-shirt boasts an image that anyone who owned a computer in the 1990s will remember: the iconic Windows error message pop-up, this time inquiring if an imaginary user would like to “delete this disease”.




“I thought it was clever to think about deleting a disease,” Ms. Wagner said. “I really liked the idea of incorporating technology into the design.”



Students for Strides is a contest that has been sponsored by the American Cancer Society since 2006, and Ms. Lenker-Badorf received a notice that the Society was hosting the contest that same year. Since then, her students have won every contest.



“I’m honored, and I’ve almost come to expect that we’ll be asked to participate [in the contest] every year!” Ms. Lenker-Badorf said.




The Making Strides walk is an enormous event held on October 18, 2014 on City Island, where thousands of participants and dozens of other teams aside from the Students for Strides group complete a 5k run or walk to support breast cancer research. According to the official Making Strides website, the initiative has raised a little over $140,000 so far. And CPAVTS’s Advertising Art & Design class plans to make its own contributions.


“This year, our goal was to have one hundred percent participation,” said Ms. Lenker-Badorf. “We’ve achieved that goal, and because of that we’re also holding a bake sale and taking the proceeds with us to the walk—it’s the first time we’ve ever done this.”


Although the focus this year will be on Amber and her design, displays will be set up on City Island, showing off the t-shirt designs that have won since 2006. It will be a commemoration of the hard work students have done in the past to spread awareness for such a terrible disease.