WHS ornaments on sale starting Dec. 16

WHS ornaments on sale starting Dec. 16

The Woonsocket High School ornament goes on sale on Dec. 16 in the main office. This year’s ornament was designed by Chai Norsavanh, a 2019 graduate now studying graphic design at New England Tech.

WOONSOCKET – Visitors to Woonsocket High School next week will be able to pick up a custom-designed Woonsocket Novan ornament.

The ornament was designed by Chai Norsavanh, a 2019 graduate who took on the project while a senior last year. This is the second custom ornament in recent years after another student designed an ornament in 2017.

This year’s design features a snow-dusted “W” with a Santa hat, mistletoe and symbols of different school sports and activities. Norsavanh said he hoped to represent the entire school in creating the design.

“I hope people enjoy it because it represents more than just the holidays,” he said. “It represents what it’s like to be a Novan.”

Mike Lemay, a math teacher who serves as senior class co-advisor alongside Suzanne Walker, explained how the project began as an opportunity to showcase the school’s talent while also raising funds for school activities. This year’s ornament sales will support the school yearbook overseen by Jamie Beaudry.

Norsavanh was chosen by graphic design teacher Brian Kenny to design this year’s ornament and worked closely with Lemay to brainstorm ideas for the design. Norsavanh said it gave him an idea of what it was like to work with a client as he and Lemay went back and forth on aspects of the design and sought approval from school Principal Carnell Henderson. The final design was sent to Lincoln’s ChemArt, where Lemay said they were glad to have the ornaments printed for the second time.

The ornaments will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 16, and be available in the main office for $15 each. Lemay recommended acting quickly, as only 125 ornaments were made.

As for Norsavanh, who also designed flyers and prom tickets during his time at WHS, he said he’s glad to see his design bringing joy to people during the holiday season. He’s now majoring in graphic design at New England Tech and hopes to continue in the arts for his career.

“It feels nice knowing that other people get to see it as well, and it’s not just something to advertise. It’s something that they can actually get joy out of and represents the school,” he said.