El diseño de una adolescente, elegido como bandera de Easley
El diseño presentado por una joven e 17 años ha sido elegido como el ganador de un concurso para la bandera de Easley, Carolina del Sur. Dicho diseño combina elementos de la bandera estadounidense, la bandera del estado el perfil urbano de la ciudad y el sello municipal.
Teen's design chosen as flag for Easley
A 17-year-old Easley teen has left her mark on – or more likely over – the city.
Ellie Youngs, who is graduating from Easley High School, created the winning design for the city of Easley's first flag.
“It's really cool that my flag got chosen,” Youngs said. “I'm excited about it.”
Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell said there were 36 entries in the contest and said they came from residents and students.
He said city council members chose their five favorite designs and Youngs' came away with the most points.
“We all basically loved it,” Bagwell said. “It incorporates everything. You've got the American flag, the state flag, and you've got our signature.”
Designs had to incorporate the city's seal, he said, and the award for the winner is a $100 check.
Bagwell said the city is about to begin work on improvements in the area along Pendleton Street where Donnie's Taxi was downtown, which is where the flag will go.
“We're going to put a place for a permanent flag, this flag, to fly,” he said, adding that the flag could be used at different functions as well.
For Dale Youngs, Ellie's father, the flag will be a great reminder of Ellie's accomplishment every time he drives by.
“I'm so excited as her Dad that Ellie's art will be flying over the city,” he said.
Bagwell said this is the first flag for the city.
“She's going to be a part of Easley history,” he said.
Youngs, who is going to be an art major at Anderson University, said she heard about the contest from her art teacher.
Her design incorporated the city seal along with three parts representing the American flag, the S.C. flag and a cityscape of Easley.
“I just wanted to elaborate on the seal,” Youngs said. “I just messed around with a few designs and tried some things out, and this one seemed the best way to incorporate the seal into a flag while keeping it somewhat simple.”
And as for the $100?
Youngs said she plans to use it on her trip to Israel this summer.
Staff writer Julie Howle can be reached at 864-298-4303