JACKSONVILLE, Ore. -- The community came together at Red Lily Vineyards in Jacksonville Friday to celebrate the final project of a six month collaboration between the winery and Eagle Point High School students.
"It felt surreal almost,” said label designer Sagwa Lozano. “I would have never imagined I would have an opportunity like this so soon in my life."
"I got to work with some of my friends and made new friends in the process,” added student Kiera DeBerry. “I think it grew us all together as one."
“I have no words,” added label designer Jayden Pomeroy. “I'm proud of myself and not only myself but my peers who have put hours and hours into this project.”
Students gained real world job experience learning how to create a brand by designing a new wine label for a 2014 Tempranillo Red Lily Vineyard wine that had never previously been sold.
"They were really thoughtful about what goes into making a brand recognizable on the shelf," said Red Lily Vineyards’ owner and winemaker Rachael Martin.
"They've learned more through this project than at times they'll learn from sitting in the classroom,” said the Eagle Point School District’s Innovation Specialist Jason Clark. “They're getting that hands on experience working in the industry. And really having to put thought into what they're creating and who they are creating it for."
They also designed wooden caddies for those bottles to go in.
"I'm very happy I got to be a part of this,” said Seth McCoy. Among many things, he helped design the wooden caddy. “It was very stressful at times, very stressful but in the end it all turned out very well."
"It was honestly really stressful but pretty nice to know how to build them," said Jazmin Torres. She helped make those caddies.
Some even discovered what they wanted to do in the future.
"This project has really inspired me to continue my dream to be a photographer and I've actually started a tiny business that I'm trying to get off the ground," said label designer Olivia Tucker. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook with the username @rusticphotography_ot
As a thank you, the class made and gave Martin a Red Lily plaque made of wood.
There were only 20 cases made so once the bottles are gone, they are gone. Right now, there's less than a case left for each label design. Each bottle costs $20 and 50 percent of the proceeds will go to Hearts with a Mission and the Young Artists Institute.
This was the very first year EPHS and Red Lily collaborated on a project like this. The two hope to keep working together so more students can have this opportunity.
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