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Local artist wins design award

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Marie Kirkman receives her award from former Washington Governor John Spellman.

design award by Matt Schroeder
Woodinville resident Marie Kirkman is the winner of the Washington State Employees Combined Fund Drive poster contest. Kirkman's design will appear across the state to gather support for the cause.
   The requirements for the contest were to create a piece that advertised the fund drive, but was appealing enough that people would want to hang it in their offices.
   "All the submissions were done extremely well. I'm honored that mine was the one chosen," said Kirkman. She received the award from former Washington Governor John Spellman at a leadership breakfast earlier this month.
   Kirkman, who lives in Woodinville with her husband and son, is a graphic design student at Shoreline Community College. She became aware of the contest when it was made a part of the class late last spring.
   The contest was started this year to see what designs the community could come up with. Officials say the response was so good, they will invite all Washington colleges next year.
   Kirkman plans to continue her art studies at the University of Washington, where she recently accepted a position as program coordinator in the Psychiatry Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology. In addition, Kirkman's work was selected for display and sale at the Woodinville Wine Festival Sept. 2 at the Chateau Ste. Michelle.
   The Combined Fund Drive gives state employees a chance to support causes they care about. For more information on the drive, contact Dolores Schoenmakers at 461-3854.