Q & A with award-winning Antioch Digital Arts & Design student Maro Doce


Our Academy students are so talented, and for one student, his efforts are being recognized statewide. Maro Doce, a senior in the Academy of Engineering and Automotive Technology at Antioch High School, has came out on top through a statewide logo competition held by the Tennessee Directors of Career and Technical Education (TDCTE).

Maro is enrolled in the Digital Arts & Design pathway. We caught up with Maro to learn more on his winning logo design and how he is using what he's learning through his Academy for life after high school.

Academies of Nashville (AON): Congrats on winning the competition, Maro! Tell us about the logo and how you chose the concept.

Maro Doce: Logos should be simple, relevant, memorable, scalable and versatile. This logo covers all of the needed characteristics. The logo first begins off with a red cutout of the State of Tennessee. Then, the logo contains white, bold letters abbreviating the Tennessee Directors of Career and Technical Education (TDCTE). Using the white font against the red background is effective because it contains contrast. I also found a font that has a circular "letter C." This is perfect as I also wanted to incorporate Tennessee's three-star emblem. In addition to the emblem, I also added a blue outer glow to the outline of Tennessee. This makes it consistent with the logo's red, white and blue color scheme, the same colors of Tennessee's Flag and the U.S. Flag. I also added a slight drop shadow to the text in order to make it stand out more.


Academies of Nashville (AON): How does your pathway prepare you for this kind of work?

Maro Doce: My Digital Arts and Design pathway is preparing me for this kind of work in many ways. Mr. Williams, my teacher, is a very skilled artist. He has helped me become a better graphic designer. He has presented the class's learning goals through unique and captivating assignments. In his class, we work as if we were the actual designers of a newspaper or marketing firm. Antioch High School has also provided my classroom with the top of the line equipment. We have amazing, new Apple iMacs that allow us to produce quality work. 

Academies of Nashville (AON): What are your dreams after graduating Antioch High School?

Maro Doce: My dream is to attend Vanderbilt University after graduating Antioch High School. This has been my dream ever since I was in elementary school. I wish to study neuroscience with a pre-medicine track in order to become a medical doctor. I wish to become a medical doctor in order to help others by advancing the field of medicine. 

  -- Follow Maro Doce online at https://twitter.com/MaroDoce.