Silver Creek student wins Laurel Run logo contest

Shelby Braidich of Silver Creek High School was the winner of the competition to design the logo for the 2014 Laurel Run.

Each year, the Laurel Run Planning Committee holds a contest among area high school students to design the Laurel Run logo. This year, internal voting at The Resource Center Expos in May identified 10 finalists. People then had the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs through the OBSERVERs website.

“Shelby is thrilled, and you couldn’t have selected a better kid to win this,” said Paul Abate, Silver Creek’s art instructor. “She worked so hard this year on all of her designs. I am really happy she won.”

For winning the competition, Braidich will receive a $100 Visa card.

The other students to reach the finals were Ashley Cappadonia, Allison Fisher, Brandon Marotto and Shannon Stewart from the BOCES Hewes Center; Nick Eades, Grace Mayer and Jacqueline Smith from Sherman High School; and Erik Pomroy from Silver Creek. The Laurel Run Planning Committee congratulates all of the finalists and extends its appreciation to the artists and their teachers from all of the schools that submitted designs for this year’s competition.

The 18th annual Laurel Run begins July 18 with the traditional Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay run, which features representatives from area schools running the different legs of the relay. The event begins at about 8:30 at The Resource Center’s facility at 75 Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown and ends at Washington Park in Dunkirk, where the city will host a victory celebration.

The following morning in Silver Creek, there will be an 8-kilometer run, a 5k fitness walk, a 1k fun walk, children’s runs and Laurel’s Lap, in which anyone with a disability is invited to talk a lap around the track at the ballfield downtown. In the afternoon, there will be a motorcycle dice run.

Laurel Run was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling in honor of their oldest daughter, who has Down syndrome. The event is designed to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities. Money raised through Laurel Run goes to Filling the Gap, Inc., which works with The Resource Center to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Laurel Run proceeds are used to fund disability awareness and prevention efforts in Chautauqua County and to provide employment and work training opportunities for adults with disabilities.

For more information or to sign up to participate in Laurel Run, phone 934-3952 or 661-4735, or visit