Sussex Tech unveils new student-designed logo

July 17, 2019

The Sussex Technical School District announced its new unifying logo to be used across the district, covering both the high school and adult education division programs. Featuring a stylized raven to represent the district mascot, the new logo highlights the district’s new core statement, Preparing Students For Their Future.

“As we enter a new direction, we needed a united symbol of what Sussex Tech stands for and represents in the community,” said Superintendent Stephen Guthrie. “The iconic raven image is known across Sussex County, and the addition of our new guiding words is a reminder of our purpose every day.”

The logo was designed by recent Sussex Technical High School graduate Joseph Wilder of Seaford, a student in the Digital Publishing and Design program who is headed to Savannah College of Art and Design this fall to major in graphic design. Wilder’s entry was selected from a pool of 15 student-designed submissions and was the unanimous recommendation of a review panel. He was recognized by the district board of education at its June meeting with a gift card and tribute.

“I’m extremely humbled to have this opportunity,” Wilder said. “To drive by the school now and see this logo will be very amazing.”

Sussex Tech Digital Publishing and Design teacher Kelli Gehrke said Wilder is an excellent student and outstanding designer. “He didn’t only submit one logo; he submitted multiple logos, and he made a graphic standards manual showing how the logos will be used,” Gehrke said. “He always puts 100 percent effort into his work, and I know he will be doing great things.”

Wilder was also chosen as the outstanding senior in his technical area and recently won a silver medal in advertising design at the SkillsUSA national championships.

Over the years, the district has had a variety of logos representing various programs and offices, including a stylized “ST” and a raven’s head. Wilder’s design can be modified to highlight specific programs, such as technical areas or athletic teams.