The Academies of Shakopee are taking shape now that the academy curriculum has been in place for seven months at the high school, and that means student work will be popping up in unsuspected places.

Students in the Design 1 class recently partnered with the city of Shakopee and Canterbury Park to create new logos that will be used for the Huber Park Performance and Event Series and the Canterbury ice cream stand.

Luke Matuza, Jacob Voxland, Michella Ta and Pearce Ritchie worked together on the logo for the Huber Park Performance and Event Series. The students put their creativity to use on the project, with Voxland designing the building, Ta designing the layout, Ritchie designing the wordmark and Matuza putting all the elements together for the final product. The logo may appear on marketing materials for the event.

Just down the road at Canterbury Park, student Garrett Harinen designed a logo that will be front and center for those looking to cool down this summer at the Canterbury ice cream stand.

“I am excited that our partners are willing to give students a shot at these projects,” said Rachel Paulson, Design 1 teacher at Shakopee High School. “It is a win-win for all involved. Students admit they work harder knowing someone in the community will be critiquing them, and it is one less thing our partners have on their to-do list. Authenticity works.”

If you are interested in partnering with high school classes on a project, reach out to Shakopee High School Academy Coach Elizabeth Duehr at

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