‘We are the Demons’Washington selects new sports logo
By David Hotle
Although Washington High School senior Samantha Ellingson, daughter of Shawn and Stephanie Ellingson, probably won’t get the chance to wear the logo she designed on a uniform, when she graduates she will leave her legacy adorning Washington sports.
On Monday, the Washington student body selected Ellingson’s sports logo by a 62 percent margin, defeating a design from Jeff Jensen, brother of the late Washington teacher Curt Jensen. The design is an orange oval with a black background, containing a Demon head, a barbed tail and the letter ‘W.’
“I wanted to make something that you could see on the side of a football helmet,” she said. “The other design would look good on a T-shirt.”
Ellingson admitted that she only voted for her own design once. She said she had forgotten to vote during the final selection earlier this week. She learned that the design had been chosen after school yesterday.
In October, the Washington School Board discussed the appropriateness of the ‘demon head’ logo being used by the district. Two members of the board had said that the logo appeared too “demonic.” On further investigation, it was learned that the logo was an almost exact duplicate of a logo formerly used by DePaul University. Washington Schools Superintendent Mike Jorgensen contacted DePaul about the logo and reported that DePaul asked the district to discontinue using the logo.
Jorgensen arranged a contest to design a new logo. Of about 50 entries, nine were given to the student body to choose from. Ellingson and Jensen’s designs were the ones chosen as finalists.
Ellingson said that when designing the logo, she had not let the controversy at the school board meeting influence the design in any way.
“We are the Demons,” she said. “We want to be represented by a Demon and not a letter ‘W.’”
The logo was designed to be flexible to allow for different colors or different sizes, Ellingson said.
Jorgensen said a few “touches” would be added to the design before it is used. He believes that the logos may be on shirts as early as next week. He said that he plans to show the design to the district’s steering committee for a final approval before giving the go-ahead to put the logo on school items. He predicts the logo will be in use for a long time.
“It’s nice to have something original,” he said.
He said that the logos would be put on sports uniforms during the regular rotation of the uniforms. He said that decals of the logo would be made for the football helmets this fall.
Ellingson said that she was inspired to draw the design after seeing a picture in The Journal, showing Jorgensen with some logo designs. After she turned in a pencil drawing, principal Erik Buchholz had recommended she design a computer rendition of the logo. With the help of art teacher Ann Pisarik, she redesigned the logo in a digital form.
“It looked so much better than the drawing,” she said.
With plans to attend the University of Iowa with the goal of entering the medical field, Ellingson said that she would have plenty of opportunity to see the logo in use.
Jorgensen said that he would give Ellingson a check for $100 that he had offered the winner of the contest. Ellingson said that she planned to use the money to buy tickets to see singer Justin Beiber.