Four students from McDowell County were awarded top honors in a prestigious two-state competition for print and design.

The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc. (PICA) is the regional trade association for print manufacturing in North and South Carolina. They provide member companies with opportunities to access value-added resources and services designed to help them be more effective, efficient and profitable.

“Since 1966, the PICA Awards has recognized the ‘Best of the Best.’ Whether it’s Best of Category, Special Judges’ Award or Award of Excellence, a PICA Award is the single most powerful promotional tool your business can have. It demonstrates your award-winning capabilities to customers and potential customers, and tells your employees that you are proud of the work they produce,” according to their website.

Korryn Shedlock, a McDowell High School (MHS) junior and advanced Adobe academy students, won Best of Category for her digital printing work titled, “Gilbert.”

Bryson Effler, an MHS freshman and adobe video design student, won the Award of Excellence in the digital printing category for his work titled, “Boston Celtics Champion.”

Isaac Lawing, an MHS freshman and Adobe visual design student, also won an Award of Excellence in digital printing for his work titled, “Triangle Self Portrait.”

Shelby Barlowe, a current student at Chowan University and graduate from McDowell High School and McDowell Technical Community College, received two awards in the collegiate division for Best in Category and Napco Collegiate Best of Show at the PICA Awards.

Barlowe is the daughter of Amanda Torrez and James Barlowe. She will graduate in May with a degree in graphic arts.

The MHS Graphics Department received $250 and students received an award for their winning design.

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