Joey Newton, a senior at Susquehannock High School, placed third in a statewide logo competition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. There were 481 entries from across the state.

Junior and senior high school students created the anniversary logo in the contest, and the winning logo will be used to represent the PIAA through the end of this year.

By placing third, Joey received $250 and was recognized March 22 at the 2014 PIAA boys' AA basketball game at the Giant Center.

"I was very excited to hear that I won third place, considering how many people entered the contest. When I started the design, I tried to find something that would fully represent the PIAA and that made the project really difficult for me. I then changed my approach and tried to create a clean, updated logo, which ended up being successful," Joey said.

Newton designed his winning entry in his Design Seminar class. During the class, students build experience and create a portfolio for their careers in the design field, teacher Wade Bowers said.

"I try to find design contests and opportunities so that students may work on projects for real-world experience," Bowers said. "Joey is a very talented graphic designer, who created a very modern, sleek design for the PIAA logo contest. He has developed a lot of knowledge and skill throughout his past three years. I was very proud to see him place third in the state."