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Morristown Teen 'Reaches for the Stars,' Makes Good on Design Challenge

Sam Panko put his art skills to work by recreating logo he designed in 3rd grade for Sussex Avenue School in mural format.

Sam Panko with the logo he designed and painted for Sussex Avenue School. Photo Courtesy Sussex Avenue School
Sam Panko with the logo he designed and painted for Sussex Avenue School. Photo Courtesy Sussex Avenue School

Sam Panko was told to reach for the stars at Sussex Avenue School as a third grader, and he’s taken his homework assignment to heart.

The Morristown teen who will be a high school senior in the 2014-15 school year has made good on a task from nearly a decade ago, when he won the Sussex Avenue School’s competition to create and design a logo for the school.

As a third-grader, Panko took the school’s motto: “Reach for the Stars,” and created an interpretation with a student grabbing at the sky and retrieving a star. The inspiration stemmed from the World Cup trophy.

Panko came back to his elementary school this week and recreated the logo on a library wall behind the circulation desk for all students to enjoy.

That motto has been more than a sentence for Panko, who has spent his last few years involved in swimming, track, rugby, and karate, along with organizations like S.N.A.P., Pathways, and Heroes & Cool Kids. The teen is also interning at Drive 80 Studios, an animation company in Morristown. 

Information and photo courtesy Sussex Avenue School.

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