Ed Luckenbaugh has a singular claim to fame.

He is the first student from Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center to have his work published on the cover of a nationally published sales catalog.

Luckenbaugh, a senior at Forest Hills, won $250 and first place in the Fotodyne Inc. 2007 cover contest. His parents are Ed and Shirley Luckenbaugh of South Fork.

Fotodyne Inc., based in Hartland, Wis., sells electronic documentation equipment for science labs and schools.

“I’m glad I was fortunate enough to win,” he said.

Luckenbaugh, a graphic design student at the technology center, said he took a number of pictures with the digital camera and altered them with computer software, creating funky colors.

Although there were no restrictions on the type of art, Luckenbaugh wanted it to be science related so it would appeal to the consumer.

“I knew I wanted to take a picture of the biotechnology lab,” he said.

Luckenbaugh took a photo of fellow Forest Hills student Jarrod Lester using science equipment.

When Luckenbaugh placed first in the national competition, he also earned more than $600 in science equipment for the technology center’s biotechnology lab.

“It’s good for the class and the school,” said Pam Smiach, Luckenbaugh’s instructor. “We are trying to increase the student number, and I think it’s a boost for the school and hopefully for the program.”

Smiach said she encourages students to participate in a number of contests throughout the year, but Luckenbaugh is the first to win a magazine cover.

Claire Walsh, a lab coordinator for Fotodyne Inc., said the cover contest encourages students to use their talents.

“I think seeing their interest in science and pairing that with art is amazing,” she said. “They are the people who use our products every day, and they are future scientists.”

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