Shiloh Lenz, a senior graphic design major, has been named class valedictorian for 2017.
She learned of her accomplishment at the Honors Convocation April 7.
“I was actually surprised and a little shocked when they announced that I was the valedictorian,” she said. “But now that I’ve had a little time to take it all in, I feel so blessed and honored.”
The distinction made her feel validated about her choice to attend Moore.
“Back when I was first considering coming to Moore, I prayed for a sign that I was making the right decision. I ended up getting a scholarship that helped me enough to be able to enroll,” she said. “Now that I’m almost done, becoming valedictorian is further confirmation to me that Moore is really where I was meant to be, and I’m so very thankful for that.”
The oldest of five children, Shiloh followed in her mother’s footsteps – Laurie (Serfass) Lenz graduated from Moore in 1991 with a degree in Graphic Design. Laurie homeschooled all five at the Lenz home in Eastampton, N.J.
“That kind of allowed for the extra time to spend honing my skills,” Shiloh said. “I got to try a lot of different types of art. Eventually, I kind of just settled on realizing that graphic design was where I was most comfortable, and felt like I had the most talents in that area.”
Shiloh figured out at a young age what she wanted to do with her life.
“My mom has her own business – she repaints collector’s dolls,” she said. “I was about 11 or 12 and I was really interested in it. I started helping her by making jewelry for the dolls. I kind of had a mini-business and we were kind of a co-owner type thing.”
After a while, Shiloh realized she had more fun making logos for the jewelry than the jewelry itself.
“It helped me realize that’s where I wanted to go for my major,” Shiloh said.
Shiloh was accepted into Moore’s very competitive Visionary Woman Honors Program. The leadership training program, established in 2014, is designed for highly ambitions, independent-minded students who are interested in entrepreneurship, leadership or service while pursuing their degrees. Shiloh also was given the Board of Trustees Scholarship. She also won the Advertising Specialty Institute’s 2017 Excellence in Graphic Design award.
Shiloh designed this year’s materials for the “Century 21 Department Store presents Fashion Show 2017,” including the invitation, poster and tickets.
Moore was Shiloh’s first choice for college, and she appreciates being in an all-women’s college.
“Eveybody’s kind of a team,” she said. “I think it’s a good community. Everybody’s just trying to help each other. We’re supportive of each other and want everyone to succeed.”
See more of Shiloh’s work here.