GISD student designs scarf for FC Dallas

Responsible for the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center’s second-ever recognition, Naaman Forest High School senior Truc Nguyen recently beat out more than 200 competitors to win the FC Dallas Fan Scarf Contest.

Her claim to fame began in August when GRCTC print imaging and graphic design teacher Alx Eller introduced the contest.

“There are a number of reasons why I encouraged my students to participate,” she said. First, to offer my students a real-world graphic design problem. FC Dallas also employees a large graphics/marketing staff. What better way to get your foot in the door than to show your design skills and knowledge in a very competitive contest?”

To come up with contest submissions, students had to incorporate team colors, team and sponsors logos, and other elements that would set their designs apart. The front of the scarf also had to be different from the back, and students had to understand their target audience, as well as meet a very tight deadline.

More than 200 submissions were narrowed down to 20 finalists at the end of September. This select group not only included Nguyen but also four other GRCTC students. Following an announcement at an FC Dallas game, the contest sponsor—Elephant Auto Insurance—opened up the final decision to a fan vote. The public was asked to like their favorite design via Facebook, and Nguyen’s received approximately 1,900 likes. It was a close race with the second-place design receiving approximately 1,600 likes.

“This is really interesting,” commented Board of Trustees President Larry Glick as he recognized Nguyen at a board meeting Oct. 24. “For those who are not familiar, scarves for soccer teams are amazingly popular. Teams and fans travel with them around the world.”

Nguyen’s scarf is being reproduced by FC Dallas and will soon be on sale at the GRCTC school store. Her class also received a $1,500 prize, as well as a visit from FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman, Nov. 28.