Lewis and Clark Community College Graphic Design student Avalone Eales, the daughter of Greg and Francesca Eales of Glen Carbon.GODFREY – A new interactive mural greets visitors to the McPike Math and Science Complex at Lewis and Clark Community College.

The work, which was unveiled during a Commencement pre-party in May, is the work of Graphic Design student Avalon Eales. The design was selected by campus and community vote held online this spring.

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When she discovered she won, Eales couldn’t contain her excitement.

“I had to call my whole family and tell them I had been chosen,” she said. “It was a super memorable moment for me.”

Eales, the daughter of Greg and Francesca Eales of Glen Carbon, is a 2021 graduate of Edwardsville High School. Her design was inspired by her own journey through college.

“I realized how my life was going to be affected by my decisions,” Eales said. “Lewis and Clark gave me the opportunity to create my own pathway. I wanted to show how the main building has stayed strong through the years, despite all the changes to campus.”

As a student tasked with funding her own education, it was important for Eales to make good choices.

“I had to make the right financial decision for me,” she said. “I haven’t regretted choosing Lewis and Clark one bit. I enjoy all the classes, clubs, and people.”

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Eales uses her talent as a graphic designer and cartoonist for The Bridge, L&C’s student-run newspaper. She is also a member of the Gardening Club and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

“I’ve always had a love for digital and traditional art,” she said. “I chose graphic design, not only because it was my favorite, but because it runs in my family as well.”

Eales credits her father for her creativity and work ethic.

“He’s a very hard worker with a lot of creativity,” she said. “He is an animator and does a lot of the same things I do. He inspires me to keep doing my own thing and to stay motivated.”

Her goal is to earn an Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design and a Certificate of Completion in Animation from L&C, then transfer to a four-year school to complete her bachelor’s degree.

It’s Eales’s hope that she can take those inherited traits, along with her education, and forge a career in graphic design.

For more information on L&C’s Graphic Design program, contact Louise Jett at (618) 468-4613 or ljett@lc.edu. Visit the Graphic Design program website at www.lc.edu/program/graphic-design.

L&C is enrolling now for Fall 2022. To get started, call/text (618) 468-2222 or apply online at www.lc.edu/admissions.

To learn more about L&C’s interactive mural, visit www.lc.edu/mural.Lewis and Clark Community College holds an annual contest to give current students the opportunity to leave their mark on campus in the form of an interactive mural.

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