Sunday, May 21, 2000

Lady Comets' big win earns a postmark

Mason High senior did design work

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MASON — The Mason Lady Comets' championship year has been commemorated by the U.S. Postal Service.

        A special pictorial cancellation stamp designed by Mason High School senior Eric Dobaczewski was unveiled last weekend and will be used through June 13. Those wishing their outgoing mail to bear the tribute to the 2000 Ohio Champion Lady Comets Basketball Team need only request it.

        “Collectors across the country will be asking for this,” said Postmaster Mike Taney, who said the Mason branch had to get permission from district offices in Cincinnati. “It's not something we do very often. The employees wanted to do something to show their support.”

        Mr. Dobaczewski, 19, said he was pleased to take on the task when asked by art teacher Judi Cettel

        “She knows I love art and want to be a graphic artist,” said Mr. Dobaczewski, who has taken all the art classes his school offered. “I can show my talent to community and school.”

        The two-inch-wide, four-inch-long cancellation incorporates the Lady Comets logo, a hand-sketched basketball, and words in a compact design he created using a Macintosh computer and scanner. The design was completed in two days.

        “I scanned in the Comets logo and overlaid it on the basketball,” Mr. Dobaczewski said Monday. “Then I put No. 1, using computer fonts. I did everything on the computer. I had to keep it simple. t.”

        The first cancellation — put on a postcard now encased in glass — is mounted on Mr. Dobaczewski's wall. It's the second piece of his artwork to be showcased this month.

        A lifestyle chair he designed is on display in the Taft Museum as part of the Artists Reaching Classrooms program, a collaborative project of the Taft Museum and the Art Academy of Cincinnati that pairs high school students with artists. He is designing invitations to his graduation celebration.

        “This has been a great month for me,” said Mr. Dobaczewski, who works part-time at Alpha Graphics and will attend the Cincinnati Academy of Design next fall.


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