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Posted: 12/12/12

RED AND WHITEAbove, Romeo High School juniors Madeline Geffert and Daniel Bartolotta present the Board of Education with a new flag to represent Romeo High School. The students researched the school's history to incorporate it into the flag's design.

(Observer photo by Chris Gray)

Students design new flag
for Romeo High School

Observer Staff Writer
      Two accomplished graphic design students have turned their talents to representing their school.
       Romeo High School juniors Daniel Bartolotta and Madeline Geffert have designed a new flag to capture the history and spirit of their school, which was presented at the Board of Education's Dec. 3 meeting.
       The duo said in the past year they came up with anywhere from 50 to 70 different designs before settling on the final one. The students eventually came to the decision to have the flag incorporate a crest that represents Romeo's history.
       The two researched Romeo's history through the Romeo Historical Society and other source materials to come up with inspiration.
       "Romeo High School is a place that is so absolutely rich in history, and we honestly feel that it deserves something that serves as representation of this history and how great the Romeo community is," Geffert said.
       For instance, the two red stripes represent Bruce and Washington districts before the Romeo Union High School was created in 1867 in an existing school building.
       In 1885, the district built a new high school on Prospect Street, with additions made in 1927. This facility became known as Romeo Junior High after the district built a new high school opened in 1958, which now serves as the current high school.
       Romeo Junior High eventually became Romeo Middle School. The latest addition to the district was the Romeo Engineering and Technology Center (RETC) in 2004.
       "Over the past 140 years, Romeo has grown immensely, and so has Romeo High School," Bartolotta said.
       These buildings are represented as three peaches on branches surrounding the bulldog icon, while the branches themselves represent the community's growth.
       On one branch is the word "Peachmen," which was the school's team name before then-Athletic Director Dan Barnabo changed it to the "Bulldogs" in 1946.
       "The original bulldog is actually his dog," Bartolotta said.
       Surrounding the face of a bulldog are two chains. On each chain, a link is made up of the word "Bruce" or "Washington" to represent the two joining together to create the district.
       The two students have been successful on other graphic design endeavors. Last year, Bartolotta placed first in the 35th Annual Society of Automotive Engineers Detroit Section High School Poster Competition, and Geffert earned second place in the 24th Annual North American International Auto Show Poster Contest.
       The new flag is being flown at both the high school and the RETC. Flags can be purchased for $30 at the RETC and will be available for purchase online.

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