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Student Employee Q & A

June 1, 2021

Name: Makayla Loukinas

Age: 16, Junior at Dothan High School

Tell us about Scout’s Alley and the goals that Dothan Tech Graphic Arts set for this project.

Upon being asked to coordinate the efforts on the relivation of Scout’s Alley, Ms. Burdeshaw pulled on the creativity of her students, asking them “what is your dream?” Each student developed their artwork in class and as soon as possible we took our first field trip with a personal tour of all the murals downtown.

What graphics did you choose to paint for this project?

I lit up at the opportunity to lend my creative efforts to our decades wall. I immediately jumped on creating a background and plan for our tribute to the “90s” wall. A white background with solid color circles, blocks and swirls takes us back to the 90s vibe.

What was your vision for your section of the mural?

I immediately began to research the 90s, making sure that the background would take our visitors back in time.

What made you decide to get involved with creative and design?

The 90s seemed like the most creative and fun wall to do working with crazy shapes and colors utilizing spray paint and paint. The 90s style and theme are coming back into trend. I liked the idea of a crazy backdrop that really speaks out of the 90s for visitors.

How does your education at Dothan Tech Graphic Arts translate into your work at Durden Outdoor?

Dothan Tech Graphics Art helped me learn all the aspects of visual design. Ms. Burdeshaw pushed me to get all 3 certifications in 2 years, instead of 3 or 4 years. The knowledge that I received from Dothan Tech helps me in my work at Durden. Ms. Burdeshaw allowed me to get the hands on learning experience that I needed with almost every project that came.

What is it like to be a student employee at Durden Outdoor?

It’s a learning experience almost everyday. Whether I’m learning how certain things work, how to piece together artwork for a client or learning how to communicate with other people, it has been a great experience.

How do you balance working with school?

I take advantage of the virtual learning that is offered. When I get home from work, I start working on school from home since I have a flexible schedule.

Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?

I give community service through a non-profit organization called Road Ice. It allows me to give back to the community by volunteering my time to serve snow cones.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I plan to expand my career with Durden and become full-time.