Lugo wearing her West is Best red T-shirt

Rachel Lugo

The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu bookstore declared Rachel Lugo, an Academy for Creative Media student, as the winner of the “West is Best” T-shirt contest. Her kapa-like design curling around the campus logo and the words “West is Best” received the most votes in the bookstore’s online competition.

Lugo won a $100 gift card and a T-shirt with her design.

“I really enjoyed creating this design,” Lugo said. “I really wanted to incorporate culture after taking inspiration from it. I settled on the idea of creating an original piece of Polynesian tribal art that would best represent UH West Oʻahu.”

T-shirts with Lugo’s design are on sale at the bookstore at a discounted price of $10 (first shirt only) for students with valid student ID. The shirts normally sell for $14.95.

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