JAY – Kyla White didn’t set out to win anything earlier this school year when she designed a logo as part of an in-class homework assignment.

The 17-year-old Livermore Falls High School senior said she doesn’t even think she’s creative.

But apparently lots of other people think differently.

White’s design was chosen to be the Western Maine Educational Collaborative’s logo from a pool of 12 computer-graphic images in a design contest recently, and will be on the cover of WMEC sent to Augusta in the next few weeks.

“This is something that will stay here a long, long time,” WMEC Executive Director Mona Baker said Thursday.

At LaFleur’s restaurant Thursday night for a WMEC dinner, SAD 36 Superintendent Terry Despres described his reaction to learning one of his students had won the contest.

Students from the 11 school systems served by WMEC competed in the contest, he said, and he’d heard the kid who won was from nearby. “Then, all of a sudden, she said ‘it’s one of yours,'” Despres said with a grin.

White, though, said Thursday before getting her award that she was surprised to have won.

“I’m taking a digital media class at (Foster Tech), and my teacher made us do it as a homework assignment,” she said.

White came up with the logo – a fat green outline of the state with a stack of books and an apple in the western corner and Western Maine Educational Collaborative written diagonally across the rest of the state – by thinking about what the group does, she said.

“I’m not actually that great of an artist.”

Mom Krista White disagreed. “What an honor,” she said. “She’s really creative. She says she’s not, but she is.”