EHS student’s work hits a big screen for all to see

Published 11:19 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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Karisse Dickison’s designs and beliefs are on display in a new billboard in Elizabethton.
The Elizabethton High sophomore recently placed second in the XQ Super School billboard design competition, and her winning design is on display on a billboard on West Elk Avenue.
XQ presented students with a billboard design prompt — to describe how to change education for the better.
“I heard about it from Mr. (Daniel) Proffitt, my digital arts teacher. He encouraged me to try for it,” said Dickison.
The prompt for the competition was “how to change eduction for the better.”
“I wanted to base my art off of my morals and how I want education to look in the future,” she said.
Dickison said her family was a big inspiration when representing her influences of equality.
“I also did a lot of research on powerful words and thought about how art can impact those words,” said Dickison.
Dickison talked about her past design experience. “It’s been my second big competition, but I got recognition this time. It’s been so amazing and I’m so thankful.”
Dickison plans on becoming a freelance designer and helping promote equality and love throughout her community. As friends and family rallied around her, she quickly jumped spots gaining over 300 votes in only one day.
“I’ve been grateful for the support and gained publicity regarding my art,” she said. “It’s helped me realize that my dreams can come true and my art can have an impact.”

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