Howell HS student wins award in Auto Show poster contest

Howell High School Junior Kirsten Smith has claimed the Best Use of Color Award in the 2020 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) poster contest. This is the second time in as many years that Smith has earned an award in the NAIAS poster contest. Last year, she claimed second place in the 10th Grade Award category.

Smith drew the inspiration for her poster design from the change in timing of the auto show from January to June. “I got the inspiration from the Auto Show moving to the summer, and I wanted to show the city making that change through showing both the seasons through the colors,” said Smith.

“Design is the core of the automotive industry. NAIAS is committed to building the future of our industry through all STEAM-related programs. We want to do what we can to encourage the bright minds of today to get involved in all aspects of the automotive industry,” said Doug North, 2020 NAIAS chairman in a press release issued by NAIAS.

The NAIAS Poster Contest is a highly competitive competition that garners upwards of 1,000 entries from schools across Michigan. Learning that she had earned honors for the second year in a row, left Smith with an indescribable feeling. “I cannot describe the feeling when I first found out. It is unreal to win regardless, but twice? Crazy! And I could win a third time next year,” said Smith.

The NAIAS Poster Contest was established to engage the creative minds of Michigan’s Future artists. The contest is open to all Michigan sophomore, junior, and senior students. The posters were reviewed and judged by the 2020 NAIAS Chairman, a General Motors automotive designer, a College for Creative Studies instructor, and State Farm representatives. All of this year’s winning designs can be found at

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