Iredell Students Named Finalists in T-Shirt Design Contest | Local News

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Three high school students from Iredell County, Jaira Pyrant and Aida Saake, both ninth graders from South Iredell and Scarlett Houser, a 10th grader from North Iredell, are among the 10 North Carolina high school finalists in the The Cheerwine Festival t-shirt design contest.

In a press release, it was shared that Cheerwine challenged North Carolina middle and high school students to submit their best original Cheerwine brand-inspired artwork that showcases their Carolina pride.

And now Cheerwine and the City of Salisbury are inviting fans to vote on the design that will appear on the Cheerwine Festival 2022 t-shirt that will be worn by attendees of the event.

From now until April 4, these top 10 entries will be available for public voting at The winner and the two finalists will be announced in mid-April.

“In 2022, we’ve evolved The Cheerwine Festival t-shirt design contest to celebrate our state’s up-and-coming artists,” said Joy Ritchie Harper, Vice President of Marketing for Cheerwine and founding family member of Fifth generation. “We were thrilled to receive so many wonderful and unique submissions from talented students across North Carolina, and we can’t wait to see which design will be chosen for this year’s festival.”

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The contest winner will receive a $500 gift card, a plaque from the Mayor of Salisbury and more, and the winning student’s teacher will receive a check for $1,000 to use for new art supplies.

About 100 nominations were submitted.

The top 10 were selected by a panel of judges including Charlotte-based artist Monique Luck, Mayor of Salisbury Karen Alexander, Town of Salisbury Events Coordinator Vivian Koontz, Town of Salisbury Communications Manager Linda McElroy, museum director Rowan Aaron Kepley and Harper.

Details of the festival, which is scheduled for May 21 from noon to 10 p.m. in Salisbury, can be found at

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