WATCH NOW: ‘Eye for design’: Rowe found love of graphic design in middle school – Columbus Telegram

WATCH NOW: ‘Eye for design’: Rowe found love of graphic design in middle school – Columbus Telegram

Lakeview High School senior Lilly Rowe shares how in the seventh grade she learned she had an interest in graphic design.

Andrew Kiser

Lakeview High School senior Lilly Rowe is in a plethora of activities at school. She said her goal is to study digital marketing in college. 

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When Lakeview High School senior Lilly Rowe was in the seventh grade, her computer teacher tasked the class with a poster design contest.

The students were only supposed to make one but Rowe was having so much fun with the project that she created six. At that point, Rowe, 17, realized she had a passion for design and hopes to make a career of it someday.

“I definitely found my passion,” she said of that one fateful, seventh-grade day. “I love doing it. … I like taking photos. I’ve been working with Adobe Photoshop and all of that and all of those programs are so much fun to work with. There are so many things that you can do.”

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Rowe added she likes figuring out the right colors, fonts and placements for a given page.

Next year, she will attend Midland University where she plans to study digital marketing with the goal of becoming a graphic designer. Rowe – a standout on the Lady Vikings volleyball team – will also play for Midland.

After college, Rowe said her dream job would be becoming a media manager for a professional sports team.

She has used her love of graphic design through Lakeview’s yearbook class. Rowe, who has been on the yearbook staff for three years, is the co-editor-in-chief this year.

“Lilly is just a phenomenal addition to the staff both as a staff member and as a leader,” said Lakeview High School teacher Kate Schatz, who also oversees the yearbook. “… She just does a fantastic job leading the other students.”

Schatz added Rowe “has an eye for design.”

“It’s very rare for high school students to have the skillset,” Schatz said. “It’s a great addition to the staff because she can very quickly sketch up something or sometimes when …….


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