GLEN ELLYN – Glenbard West High School senior Jacob Johanson smiles when he sees someone wearing the Glenbard West T-shirt he designed.
"I tell them, 'That's a super cool shirt. I like your shirt,'" the 17-year-old Glen Ellyn resident said.
Johanson designed the shirt for the Glenbard West Boosters, a fundraising organization that raises money for athletic, co-curricular and academic programs.
"I think it turned out really well," he said. "I think it's cool, and I think people like it."
Johanson, who also is an offensive lineman on West's football team, worked on the shirt's design during the summer so it would be ready in time for the start of the school year. He had a specific idea in mind for the shirt's design.
"I wanted to capture Glenbard West in a way that some other T-shirts hadn't," Johanson said. "I wanted to integrate the tower, which is a really iconic part of Glenbard West, into the design, as well as the front of the school with the sign."
This is the second shirt he has designed for the school. He also designed a shirt for a special needs program at Glenbard West and its sports spectacular event, Johanson said.
"I'm glad that I have been able to get some of this experience with what I want to go into for college and maybe as a career," he said.
Johanson, who is thinking of majoring in graphic design when he goes to college, could soon be working on his next T-shirt.
"The other day, my coach approached me about making a T-shirt design for our offensive lineman group for something fun to do," Johanson said. "So that may also be something I might be doing this year."
He is happy the proceeds from the T-shirt sales will be helping the Glenbard West Boosters.
"I know that some of the money goes to football and other programs, so it's really cool to be able to see that happening," Johanson said.
In addition to the T-shirt Johanson designed, the Glenbard West Boosters recently debuted a custom Glenbard West Woolly Threads sweatshirt at the Jayne women's clothing boutique in downtown Glen Ellyn.
The shirts sold fast.
"There were people waiting at the door before the store opened," said Angie Lombardi, a Glenbard West Boosters member and Jayne employee. "We thought it would be fun to debut it at Jayne."
The organization sold 68 sweatshirts at the store and raised $2,600. Glenbard Boosters' merchandise also is on sale at the school's bookstore, the Glen Ellyn Historical Society's gift shop at 800 N. Main St. and all home football games.
Information about the Glenbard West Boosters is available at its website at gwboosters.com.