Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lower Pottsgrove, PA - Student Designs Winning T-Shirt in Hop Topic SpongeBob SquarePants Fan Art Contest

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Alexi Neiffer, the award-winning artistic senior who will graduate this year from both Pottsgrove High School and the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center, returned Tuesday (May 14, 2019) for a final year before the Pottsgrove School District Board of School Directors. Its members offered her their congratulations for “becoming an entrepreneur.”

The district’s smiling superintendent, Dr. William Shirk (at top), presented Neiffer with a board certificate of commendation.

Neiffer’s talents are most recently receiving national attention in more than 600 Hot Topic young teen apparel stores across the U.S. and online, where a SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired T-shirt she designed is being sold to the public. She won $300 (USD) as a prize in the design contest sponsored by the store and Nickelodeon, and also is also receiving a commission payment on every shirt sold.

Alexi Neiffer as she enthusiastically described her artwork Tuesday

As board President Robert Lindgren noted, Neiffer has appeared before directors annually during her high school studies for other awards and honors with other sponsors. The Hot Topic honor may prove to be her most lucrative.

Her art for a SpongeBob SquarePants T-Shirt Design Contest held during October 2018, features Squidward Tentacles attending the grave of his hopes and dreams - which has become a favorite meme among fans - was selected by that animated show’s co-executive producers, Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller, and store Vice President Ed Labay.

“I grew up watching SpongeBob, and as I got older I realized that I related more to (one of its characters,) Squidward Tentacles,” Neiffer told The Post when the award was announced. “This inspired me to create a design (above) based on Squidward, and his depressing but humorous life. Ironically, my ‘hopes and dreams’ came true when I found out my design will be sold at my favorite store.”

Neiffer since 2016 has been a student of professional designer David Batory in the career center’s commercial arts classes. She was just accepted into the art and design program at Kutztown University, where she will study communication design. In her comments Tuesday to board members, she thanked Batory and other teachers at both schools for their guidance and help.

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