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Minuteman senior wins competition to create a logo for the second annual beats for EATS

Minuteman senior from Arlington offers whimsy

Catherine Maxwell of Arlington, a senior at Minuteman High School, has won a competition to create a logo for the second annual beats for EATS, an upcoming musical event that will benefit Arlington EATS.

That organization helps provide students in the Arlington public schools who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches during the school year with nutritious food at other times, such as school vacations and weekends.BeatsForEats

Beats for EATS will take place on March 11 at Arlington Town Hall and will feature live music, dancing and an online auction.

The logo design competition sponsored by Arlington EATS was open only to design and visual communications students at Minuteman. The whimsical winning entry depicts a saxophone with a slice of bread, musical notes and pieces of fruit coming out of it.

Arlington EATS came to Minuteman’s design and visual communications students when they needed a memorable emblem for their event because "their skills are great, based on the logo designs we had to choose from, and their teacher, Maria Galante, has been very professional," Julie Lucey, the cochair of beats for EATS and a member of the Arlington EATS steering committee, said in a news release. "We were especially thrilled to learn, after we had chosen the logo, that it was created by a Thompson School alumna."

Arlington EATS is headquartered at the Thompson.

Maxwell’s logo will be used in all print and online publicity for beats for EATS, Lucey said. "There will be a poster in front of Town Hall, programs, posters, invitations and signs and extensive online presence through the Arlington EATS Facebook page and website."

The winning logo appealed to the representatives from Arlington EATS for two key reasons, Lucey said. "We loved Catherine's fresh and clean approach to combining the two integral pieces of this event -- music and food. We also like that the red ribbon around the instrument will complement our lunchbox logo well. That was important, because the two pieces will always appear together."

Maxwell said: "It means a lot to me to win this contest because I live in Arlington and have done volunteer work for Arlington EATS. For them to pick my logo was really amazing. Getting to see them use my design is really a great feeling."

For more information about Arlington EATS, see its website.