Winners of the Samueli Academy T-shirt Design Contest will be recognized by the Anaheim Ducks organization and team owner, Susan Samueli at the Friday, Apr. 1 home game against the Vancouver Canucks in a pre-game ceremony, where their winning designs will be revealed. That night, the Anaheim Ducks Team Store powered by Reebok will begin selling t-shirts featuring the winning artwork and the Wall of Honor (located at Section 211) will feature the art created by all of the Samueli Academy design students who participated in the assignment. All net proceeds from sales of the three shirts will benefit the Samueli Academy.
The Anaheim Ducks introduced the Samueli Academy T-Shirt Design Contest during the 2014-15 season and it was held again this season, tasking design students from the Samueli Academy with a project to create a unique Anaheim Ducks branded t-shirt design. The Samueli Academy is a project-based learning curriculum, therefore the project was created for the students to hone their design skills, work in a group environment as well as make a formal presentation to pitch their designs. The Anaheim Ducks staff helped guide students and supply insight on the Anaheim Ducks brand, in addition to the students attending a regular season game to gain inspiration. Once the projects were completed, they were presented to their class as well as Anaheim Ducks staff and three winning submissions were chosen by the Anaheim Ducks based on looks that best represent the team’s image as a lifestyle brand.
The idea for Samueli Academy started almost 10 years ago with Susan Samueli and Sandi Jackson, two local philanthropists and members of the board of directors of Orangewood Children’s Foundation. Susan and Sandi were concerned about the low high school graduation rates among teens in Orange County, including foster care teens served by Orangewood. They decided to explore new educational opportunities for local high school students and research best practices around the country. They rallied like-minded individuals and organizations from philanthropy, business, education and child advocacy to join their efforts.
Samueli Academy offers educationally under-served communities a new choice for the high school education of their teens. Future expansion of the campus will include on-site housing for those students who need a stable living environment in order for them to excel academically. Samueli Academy welcomed our first class of 120 freshmen in August, 2013. Each subsequent year we will add another freshmen class for a total student body of 480 teens. For more information please visit http://www.theacademyoc.org/index.php.