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Artist Olivia Lake named SIPA Star

By Kailey Cota, SIPA assistant

Posted April 28, 2021

Our newest SIPA Star, Olivia Lake, is able to make ideas come to life. With a pop of color, a clever line and 3-D sketches, her artworks are what makes Sparkman High School’s The Crimson Crier so popular. 

“Olivia allows for our design editors' dreams to come true," Erin Coggins, The Crimson Crier adviser, said. "She has taken our magazine to a new level with her amazing artwork. Editors confer with her about their ideas, and Olivia always delivers."

Even though this is her first year on staff, she has been named art editor of The Crimson Crier next year

One consequence of this being her first year on staff is that she has never met her editors face-to-face. 

“Olivia has remained remote for the entire year, making her commitment to the staff even more awesome,” Coggins said. 

Not only is Lake talented at designing visuals, but she is also a great writer, according to Coggins. 

“Olivia's ability to deliver quality work and on deadline is what makes her special. She is creative beyond words and her work is impeccable,” Coggins said. “She is truly the backbone of our graphics team.” 

SIPA Stars is a showcase series that spotlights individual students, celebrates their content, and exemplifies good Southern journalism at work in scholastic classrooms. 

An adviser or editor can recommend a student to be a SIPA Star through a short application process. We will create web and social media posts and letters to principals and local media outlets to identify and spotlight the student selected. 


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