TEWKSBURY — John W. Wynn Middle School 8th grader Kimsan Nguyen was recognized recently by The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild as the Middle School Division Logo Design winner. Nguyen is the stage manager for the Drama Club at the Wynn.
According to drama advisor and teacher Jon DiPrima, every year the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild hosts a design contest for students to create a logo for the annual Middle School Drama Festival. Kimsan's design was chosen to represent the 2020 festival for all students in Massachusetts.
This design typically goes on the annual show shirt, individual festival site programs, festival entry pins, and any other signage (both physical and digital) for the festival. Designs were judged on originality, design quality and visual impact.
“Since the festival went virtual this year, Kimsan's design was also used at the beginning of every video for middle school submissions, ranging from scenes and monologues to fully produced virtual plays,” said Diprima.
In lieu of the planned May 2020 in-person festival the METG announced the first-ever METG Virtual Festival.
Nguyen said, “Last year when I went to fest with the rest of the drama club it was such an amazing experience and I wanted a way to give back. This year I decided to enter the logo design contest. I thought it would be cool to draw a backpack, and if it was printed on t-shirts it would look like people were wearing the back packs. I drew this digitally, and it was a fun, but challenging experience. I was surprised I won, but I am thankful that I did. Even though the design isn't printed on t-shirts, I love the pin. It is so cool having my design on something.”
In addition to the drama club, Nguyen is also a member of Math Team and plays percussion in the Wynn Middle School band.
The virtual festival entries may be viewed on the METG public Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/officialMETG/. The Wynn Drama Club was ultimately able to enter with Happy Birthday, Heather Higby (I Am Plotting Your Doom), but the video is no longer available due to licensing restrictions.
“The goal of the festival was to highlight any theatre that had happened in the spring, but it served another purpose for our group: work together to create something special during what was probably the bleakest point in the outbreak,” said DiPrima.