By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Some high school athletes leave their marks in record books, some leave them in their attitudes toward teammates and coaches, McNary High School’s McKenzie Evers is leaving hers on an entire conference.
Evers, a Celtic volleyball player, won a contest to design a logo for the newly-named Greater Valley Conference. The GVC will take the place of the Central Valley Conference, which is expanding to include West Salem High School next fall.
“I thought other peoples’ takes were way better than mine, but everybody seemed to like it,” said Evers, a senior. “It’s pretty cool. I didn’t think about it at first, but then it hit me that it’s kind of important.”
The circular logo features a shadowed line of evergreen trees on a blue background with the GVC name in big, bold letters. Evers said she spent a lot of time looking at other sports team and conference logos before settling on the look.
In her academic pursuits, Evers has spent many hours in the digital arts classroom of teacher Todd Layton. It’s been something of a second home for her since freshman year.
“I started out as a freshman, but I’ve taken a dozen or more classes from him,” she said.
For Layton, Evers is the kind of student teachers take a lot of pride in.
“McKenzie came in as a super-quiet girl who was hanging around because her sister was in my classes. But she stuck around, developed an eye for design and is now on the path to a career,” Layton said.
Evers is planning to study graphic design at Portland State University in the fall.
“I’m not totally sure what I want to do with it, but I like the idea of working for a magazine and doing page layouts,” Evers said.
Layton said the thing that separates Evers from her peers is her work ethic, which is also the thing he expects will help her succeed in a highly-competitive field.
“She’s super consistent and, when I assign her something, I know she’ll get it done. Employers – and teachers – need those people who will never fail to follow through,” Layton said.