An Alphabet 100 success story

Back in March, I got this lovely email in my inbox:
Hi Christopher,
I am a graphic design teacher at Derby High School in Connecticut. In creating a font/text lesson for my class, I came across your Alphabet 100 series; What a great idea!  I would like to use your blank template as an exercise for my students to choose just one letter and challenge themselves to your same project. They will then have the choose what they think is the best design, and produce it in MS Publisher (we can not afford Illustrator licensing). I just wanted to say THANK YOU for providing the PDF as a free download from your website, promoting young designers and the industry!  
Most Sincerely,
Tracie B.
I replied to Tracie immediately, expressed my enthusiasm about her project, and eagerly told her to move forward with the exercise, with the promise that she would keep me posted on the progress.

Then, two months later, the results came in.

I was SO astounded by the talents of these high school students. Such creativity! Although each piece had its own merits, Tracie enlisted me with the daunting task of selecting a winner (all in good fun). It was nearly impossible to select just one, so I ended up choosing 2 winners.

Here is the winner of Best Process: Brayan

Here is the winner of Best Final: Christian

I was so moved by the entire experience that I decided to send each winner a copy of my Alphabet 100 print.

Tracie sent me the photo above with the winner proudly presenting their posters, and this lovely note:
I can't thank you enough for participating - your professionalism and creativity have added a great deal to the students enthusiasm for the project (and mine too, I must admit. If the teaching gets stale, the kids get bored and aren't open to all that we can show them, so I've got to keep it fresh for me too!) I teach this course every year second term, so maybe I can send you a whole new round of finalists next year! :)
What an incredible experience! I am so happy that I was able to connect with the classroom. Thank you Tracie for reaching out to me with this amazing opportunity. I can't wait to do it again.

Keep up the good work, kids!