Talal Mustafa, 17, was riding the ferry from Port Angeles with his family this spring when he saw a flier that intrigued him, asking Washington high school students to submit their artwork for the Washington State Ferries summer 2017 sailing schedule pamphlet.
The deadline was the next day, so Mustafa got right to work creating artwork for the “Summer Sightings on the Ferry” contest. It is a graphic art piece with drawing done on top of a picture of a couple looking out from the back of the ferry, with a bird and a boat also featured.
“It was really spur-of-the-moment decision,” he said of entering the contest.
His hard work paid off when he was named the winner of the contest, and his graphic art can be seen on the cover of the WSF summer 2017 sailing schedule pamphlet, in print and online at wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.
“I was thrilled when I heard that I won this statewide competition,” Mustafa said.
More than 985,000 copies of the schedule have been printed to distribute to ferry riders. They are available at all 10 ferry terminals and in the 22 vessels in the fleet.
Mustafa is a Bothell resident and a junior at Inglemoor High School. He said that he wants to pursue an education and career as a doctor after high school, and graphic design is a hobby of his.
“I like to do it on the side, it’s a fun process,” he said.