Every year a different graphic is created for the Whale Fest shirts, and this year is special because it features the first graphic worked on by not one or even two artists, but by four.
“This is the first year we’ve ever had a group of high school students actually turn in artwork that was chosen for the entire graphic and that’s pretty exciting for them,” said Cheryl Nugent, a Whale Fest volunteer. “And it will be the only one because it’s are 15th anniversary.”
The four high school artists are senior Jaymi Bethea, junior Akiyo Kishimoto, and sophomores Leila Pyle and Taylor Heflin.
They now have the honor of being among the elite group of artists to have worked on previous shirts, joining Bruce Nelson, Liz Mitchell, Stacy Studebaker and Robert Wagner.
The 15th Whale Fest begins Saturday and continues through April 24. The fest will start out as a combination of events ranging from shark dissections to whale watching. Whale Fest runs parallel to the Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium.