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Winners announced for new welcome sign contest

Posted at 5:21 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 20:21:47-04

Four new signs will be highlighted on Nevada roads after a statewide contest.

Gov. Brian Sandoval congratulated the winners on Twitter.

Luke Tudesco of West Career Technical Academy in Las Vegas won the southwest region while Moapa Valley High School student Brynne McMurray won in the southeast region.

In the northern part of the state, Reno High School student Emma Harris was the winner for the northeast region while Fernley High School student Matthew Henson won the northwest region.

Voters chose the four winning designs, each of which will be the basis of new welcome signs set to be installed on Nevada’s roadways beginning in summer 2016. Announced March 1, the contest had schools submit entries in early April. A selection committee comprised of members of the Nevada departments of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and Transportation, as well as graphic artist professionals and educators, chose finalists the week of April 11.

The contest was organized by the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, under the direction of Sandoval and in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education and the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The contest sought to develop signs for four Nevada regions: northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast. Because of the natural and cultural diversity of the state, different signs were needed to best represent each region. All entries had to comply with the guidelines of the state brand, Nevada: A World Within. A State Apart