Bald Eagle Area student’s logo nets first prize in commissioners’ contest

A Bald Eagle Area High School senior was recognized Tuesday by Centre County commissioners for her winning entry in the Philipsburg Business Incubator logo contest.

The contest, hosted though a partnership between the Board of Commissioners and the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership, was opened at the beginning of March and sought a logo for the soon-to-open Philipsburg Business Incubator.

“It’s common in larger cities to have business incubators,” Vice Chairman Mark Higgins said in March. “It’s also common to have design contests for a logo.”

The county received 71 submissions by the March 31 deadline, Higgins said. A majority of the submissions came from students, aged 15-25, attending both the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology and the South Hills School of Business and Technology.

The winning logo came from Sierra Metcalf, 18, of Fleming, whose leaf/landscape design netted her the $250 prize. The Bald Eagle Area senior also attends CPI, Higgins said.

The inspiration I got for my logo design was growth with the leaf, the mountains of Philipsburg for the landscape and simplicity for the business.

Sierra Metcalf, winner of the Philipsburg Business Incubator logo contest

“The inspiration I got for my logo design was growth with the leaf, the mountains of Philipsburg for the landscape and simplicity for the business,” Metcalf said. “I was really proud of myself when I did this logo.”

The design was chosen by a board made up of the commissioners, Moshannon Valley partnership Executive Director Stan LaFuria and Philipsburg Borough Council President Barbara Gette, Higgins said.

Metcalf’s design will appear on the suite of offices in downtown Philipsburg housing the incubator. While the official opening is slated for May, Higgins said, a final date hasn’t yet been scheduled.

Metcalf wasn’t the only one honored. A second, surprise honorable mention was awarded to Penns Valley Area High School junior McKinley Yarrington, 16, of Spring Mills. While Yarrington’s design didn’t quite capture the concept of the incubator, Higgins said, it captured the spirit of Centre County as a whole.

Describing his design — a colored mountain with the silhouettes of a small neighborhood, a bigger cityscape and a farm — McKinley said he was inspired by the different representations of small businesses in the area.

McKinley, who also attends CPI, was awarded $100, Higgins said, and his design will be featured on the cover of the upcoming Commissioners Economic Development report.

Higgins gave an update on the proposed Bellefonte incubator as well, saying the biggest issue is finalizing the real estate portion of the deal. Once the facility is open, it’s expected to be able to support up to 100 people within the next two to three years.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews