On Friday afternoon, the sixth-grader was the center of attention at Kodiak Middle School as the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce announced his design had won the chamber’s annual Crab Festival logo contest.
Locke’s design, which shows a crab clinging to a flagpole in a blowing wind, will be emblazoned on T-shirts, mugs and other souvenir items as part of Kodiak’s annual celebration of all things crab.
Locke will receive $50 and a collection of Crab Festival merchandise featuring his design.
While that was an exciting prospect for the artist, his eyes and those of his classmates were on the cookie platter that accompanied the award.
“I’ve got a good kid,” said Steven’s father, Michael, who is in the Coast Guard. “He submitted three drawings. He’s been working on this idea for a year.”
Steven entered last year’s contest but wasn’t chosen. That honor went to Keinan Sutton, a Kodiakan who now studies at the Art Institute of Seattle.
Undeterred by the setback, Steven practiced his art through the fall, and when the chamber announced this year’s slogan — “It’ll blow you away” — he went to work.
“I knew I wanted to have a crab blowing in the wind, but I wasn’t sure where to put the words,” he said, describing his thought process. “Then my dad said I should use a flagpole.”
Steven turned in a variety of entries, but the one featuring a crab clinging to a flagpole blew away the rest, said Crab Festival manager Lindsey Howell.
“It’s not typical to have a student win,” she said. “I know we’ve had one other elementary student, but in the past, it’s been more adults winning.”
This year, Steven’s designs competed against about 30 others submitted by graphic artists, designers and ordinary Kodiakans.
“The whole Crabfest committee sits down, lays all the entries on a table, and goes from there,” Howell said of the judging.
This year’s Kodiak Crab Festival begins May 24 and runs through May 28.
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