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A recent College of Southern Maryland graduate, Ashley Espiritu, won the Maryland Writers’ Association, Charles County chapter contest to design a logo for the nonprofit writing group.

“Ashley is an amazing student who always strives to create something unique,” Katherine Sifers, assistant professor in the communication, arts and humanities division at CSM, said in a news release. “She is a very dedicated student and has a genuine interest in growing the arts community at the college.”

The MWA, Charles County chapter, began more than a year ago to support, encourage and continue the art of writing among local community members and college students.

The group holds meetings 10 months out of the year and includes members who are both published writers and those who are just exploring literary interests.

“Since we are based at CSM and CSM has been supportive of our venture, we wanted to offer the logo design challenge to college students,” Michelle Brosco Christian, assistant professor of communication at CSM and vice president of the writing group, said. “The new art club seemed like the perfect place to promote the logo contest.”

As the winner of the contest, Espiritu won $150.

Espiritu has been integral in forming the art club and “was a key member of a group of co-op students who worked together to design the symbol for the fall campus-wide theme of power,” Sifers said. “She is a very dedicated student and has a genuine interest in growing the arts community at the college.”

Espiritu graduated in May, earning several degrees, including an associate in arts and sciences.

Currently, she said she lives in Great Mills, but she will be moving soon to attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she will pursue a bachelor’s in graphic design.

“As a graphic design intern at CSM during spring 2014, I am one of the co-founders of the first CSM art club. My co-founders and I started and advertised the club by creating posters, recruiting friends and classmates, designing logos, and planning for the club’s future activities,” Espiritu said in the release.

After designing the logo for the art club, Espiritu said she decided to enter the MWA logo contest on behalf of the club.

“I would say that simplicity is my best policy when it comes to designing,” she said. “The logo that I designed for the MWACCC works, since it is easy to understand and use in different situations.”