New logo unveiled for Sioux North High School
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
After receiving 47 different entries and over 220 total votes, Queen Elizabeth District High School (QEDHS) students have picked Rebecca Driver’s northern compass point as the new Sioux North High School logo.
“In the end, we got the logo that everyone seems to be happy with. We retained some of our original QE colours but we bring some new colours to Sioux North,” said QEDHS teacher Lance Hildebrand.
Hildebrand was asked by Principal Wayne Mercer to establish an in-house logo design contest, which received a lot of participation. The logos couldn’t be culturally biased, and the goal was to keep some of the QEDHS colours. The contest ultimately led to students choosing a North-facing compass point logo designed by grade 12 student Rebecca Driver. She said the logo idea came from deciding to focus on the Northern element of the new high school name.
“The logo couldn’t be culturally biased so a lot of people were focused on animals, but I decided to focus on the North aspect of the high school,” said Driver.
“It’s pretty amazing. I couldn’t stop thinking about the amount of people that will see the logo, know the logo and wear the logo,” said Driver.
Driver clarified some of the symbolism in the logo.
“The circle around the compass point represents the unity of this community and people coming together. I also wanted to use green in the logo to carry over some of QE’s colours while making the logo unique to Sioux North High School,” Driver explained.
Hildebrand emphasized that one of the main goals was to make sure that the process and decision were student-driven. He finished by discussing the student-based contest model that they used.
“We wanted to make sure that it wasn’t adults making the decisions. We wanted to give the kids an opportunity to make decisions for future kids. It’s important to us that the result of this logo contest was student-driven,” concluded Hildebrand.