Arcadia High School senior wins Valley Metro wrap design contest
PHOENIX — An Arcadia High School student will soon have her artwork portrayed across the Valley thanks to Valley Metro.
Arcadia senior Kate Flores edged out the competition with her “Oh the places you’ll go with Valley Metro” design to take home Valley Metro’s 20th annual Design a Transit Wrap contest, the company announced in a press release Tuesday.
Flores’ design will be wrapped on a Valley Metro bus and light rail train for a year.
“I wanted to show off Phoenix and all the different places Valley Metro takes people,” Flores said in the release. “I even put in Camelback Mountain because my high school overlooks it, and I wanted a little piece of me represented in the design.”
Flores’ design beat out more than 100 entries submitted by high school students across Maricopa County.
Instead of the traditional unveiling ceremony at her high school, which has been shut down due to the coronavirus spread in the state, Flores and her family visited Valley Metro’s Operations and Maintenance Center on Monday to see the train and bus displaying her artwork, the release said.
“The Design a Transit Wrap contest encourages high school students to create artwork that promotes public transit from their own point of view,” Valley Metro said in the release. “Over the past 20 years, students have included a variety of themes and messages, often encouraging people to take transit to be part of the community, help the environment and save money.”
Taking second place in the contest was Marcos de Niza High School sophomore Sydney Storment. Red Mountain High School junior Katie Torbit placed third.