SYRACUSE -- Getting paid $100 for about 30 minutes of work is a pretty good deal.
That's what happened to Lexi Jones, a seventh-grader at Syracuse Junior High School, when she designed the new graphic to be displayed on the car of the school's resource officer.
She received the check Thursday, the day after the logo appeared on the police vehicle.
"When I see the car go by, I'll look at the logo and think, 'I did that,' " said Lexi, 13.
She was one of about 25 students who entered the school contest headed by resource officer Lance Call and art teacher Dave Nielsen.
About two months ago, Call knew he was going to get a new car, so he came up with the idea of a contest.
"I figured, with a new car, we might as well have a new graphic on it."
He approached Nielsen with his idea. The contest would produce an exciting graphic for the vehicle and also accomplish a main goal of the police department: getting students involved.
"One of our goals is to partner with the schools and to build rapport," said Call, who is in his third year at the school. "We wanted the school to feel ownership in the vehicle."
The contest had several guidelines for what needed to be included in the logo, such as the school mascot and colors, orange and blue.
"I knew we had to have a seahawk in it," Lexi said of the side view of a seahawk's head. "I thought it would be cool to have a wing."
Call and Nielsen narrowed the field to 10 entries, then Call and Syracuse Police Chief Brian Wallace decided who would receive the $100 prize and have their design displayed on the new police car.
Call said Lexi's design really stuck out.
"We liked the symmetry and how she stuck with the concept," Call said. "She really envisioned a logo. A lot of the other entries were more cartoonish."
Lexi said she wants to use her artistic abilities when she is older. She wants to be an architect or get into decorating cakes.
She plans to spend some of the money for her entry fee in the 5K race as part of the Ogden Marathon in May.