Erin Miller of Lincolnview recently won the design for the United Way Rivals United t-shirts. (Photo submitted)
Erin Miller of Lincolnview recently won the design for the United Way Rivals United t-shirts. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – This year’s “Rival’s United” United Way fundraiser between Lincolnview and Crestview boasts a T-shirt with warriors representing the two schools taking up swords to fight a battle that is really united with an effort to raise money for the United Way of Van Wert County.

This year’s winning design entry was won by senior Erin Miller of Lincolnview. As a result, $1,000 will be kicked into the final total accumulated by Lincolnview in the contest. Schools compete in the amount of money each raises during “Rivals United” week, but in the end, the money is combined and contributed to this year’s United Way goal of $500,000.

Miller can hardly remember a time when her heart hasn’t been consumed with a love for art. Following graduation this spring, she hopes to attend an extension campus of Pratt Art Institute in New York.

Her ultimate goal is to major in illustration, communication, and design.

“I would love to become a children’s book illustrator or an illustrator of books and marketing,” said Miller. “I have always loved books. I like to imagine what the printed pages would look like if I would draw them. I like to put my thoughts on paper and share them with others.”

Miller said that being recognized as the T-shirt designer felt really inspiring, not because she won but because she had the opportunity to do something for others. To raise money to help others was the coolest thing for her, Miller said.

“When I heard about the contest I thought, ‘this is the coolest thing,’” said Miller, who entered in last year’s contest. “I thought of all of the people that this could help.”

Miller said that she thought that the design contest was a good way to get many other students involved. She notes that there are opportunities to express other talents such as basketball and sports; the art angle is a whole different way to reach out to students with different talents.

“The kids in Lincolnview are really excited about this week of fundraising. They love what their effort can do to help others,” said Miller.

Miller said that art has always had special meaning for her. It gives her a form of relaxation when she is worked up and needs peace.

“Art makes me feel so wonderful when I am overwhelmed,” said Miller.

In addition to art, Miller has also been involved with the National Honor Society, marching band, church youth group and is a part of the church’s Bible quiz team.