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“We did it! We did it!” shouted 7-year-old Jimmy Lillard as he jumped into his mother's arms to revel in the news that she won Los Alamos County's 60-year anniversary logo competition.
Jimmy and his 5-year-old brother Tommy actually contributed “quiet time” to the project so their mom, Jennifer Lillard, could concentrate on creating her winning design, she explained, laughing.
Her husband, Scott Lillard, completed the excited family's celebration by bringing home a bouquet of flowers for his wife.
“He was very happy for me, too,” Jennifer Lillard said.
Tuesday officially marks Los Alamos County's 59-year anniversary and formally kicks off a year-long celebration leading up to the big 6-0 anniversary on June 10, 2009.
The 60th Anniversary Planning Committee, led by co-chairs Chris Chandler and Lawry Mann, received 20 design entries for the historic logo. A panel of judges from the committee reviewed the entries and selected Lillard's design as the one that best meets the theme of the 60th Anniversary: "Reflections of the Past, Windows to the Future.”
“The neat thing about this design is that it draws on the county's logo and expands it into recognizing our past and our future,” Chandler said. “It's really a happy and light-hearted design showing the progression of our community in becoming a scientific leader.”
The committee received a variety of designs, Mann said.
“We were happy to have so many,” he said. “I think this one in particular really shows our community’s past and future in a very special way.”
Lillard described herself as feeling excited and honored when receiving the news from Chandler that her design was selected. “I was shocked, pleasantly surprised and actually kind of giddy,” she said. “I didn't expect it.”
The events leading up to her big win, she said, started when she saw the flyer announcing the competition in her son's school folder and read the criteria.
“I had the idea right away for the atom design with the past in one corner and the future in the other,” Lillard said. “I also wanted to incorporate aspects of the county's logo into the design so it would seem familiar.”
Lillard will receive $250 worth of Chamber Checks. She also will work with the 60th Anniversary Planning Committee to refine her logo for immediate application to letterhead, ads, promotions and giveaways.
“I shop at a lot of places in town and with the Chamber Checks I hope to get to the shops I haven't had a chance to visit very often,” she said.
Lillard is a material scientist in the Metallurgy Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
She was born in New Jersey and said her family back East is very proud of her artistic accomplishment.
Lillard explained that when her husband was her fiance, he got a job at LANL in 1998. After the couple married, they moved to Santa Fe and in 2005, to Los Alamos where they lived in a rental home until construction on their new home was completed in White Rock. Their children attend school at Piñon Elementary School.
Event ideas for the 60th Anniversary year-long celebration can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.