‘Dynamic Duo’ serve as project managers on recent Bearcat door design


GRAFTON—Grafton High School’s Sam Board Entrance got a bit of a facelift, thanks to two talented Bearcats.

Juniors, Connor McDaniel and Hayden Derk, jumped into the leadership roles to design the new window film installation on the entrance doors for the Commons Hall and Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium. 

Fourth Period Digital Imaging II students collaborated to plan the design. Students measured and designed the 15-panel Grafton Bearcats layout using Adobe Illustrator. 

McDaniel was selected as Riverside Designs April 2022 Employee of the Month. 

Connor will graduate as a Triple Completer in 2023 completing in Information Management this year, 2022, and two additional concentrations his senior year, Coding, App, and Game Design and Management and Administrative Support. 

Connor has obtained certifications in Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop CC2018, Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator 2021, and Premiere Pro. 

Through the Business Computer Applications I and II courses, Connor certified in Microsoft Word and Excel. 

He was recognized by the Grafton Lions Club as the Career and Technical Education Students of the Month for October 2021. 

In addition, McDaniel earned First Place in the Internet Scavenger Hunt Essay and Second Place in Web Programming exam during SCORES competition held at Marshall University in April 2022. Connor serves as Riverside Designs’ Department 4B Vice President. 

Riverside Designs is the Simulated Workplace company for Grafton’s Coding, App, and Game Concentration.  

Derk was selected as Riverside Designs May 2022 Employee of the Month. 

Hayden will graduate as a 2023 Completer in Information Management this year. 

He has obtained certifications in Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop CC2018 and Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator 2021. 

Through the Business Computer Applications I and II courses, Hayden has achieved 6 Microsoft Office certifications earning him the MOS Master recognition.  

Derk is a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Hayden and a classmate earned second place in Publication Design at the 2022 WV FBLA State Leadership Conference and will be competing at Nationals in Chicago, IL in June. 

In addition, he is a member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). 

Hayden is a competitive athlete on each of Grafton High School’s Soccer and Track teams. 

He has played hockey since the age of four, competing on a variety of teams including the Morgantown Mohawks. 

Grafton High School would like to offer a special thank you to Dave at AGC Education, Inc. for providing Microsoft Teams based training for the Canon printer and new vinyl Cut-Out Studio vinyl cutter students will use to complete a variety of school and simulated workplace projects.  

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