Kennedy-King student’s design unveiled at NASCAR street race memorial

Cassia Clark grew up challenging herself to learn and create. Born in Chicago and raised in Mississippi, she couldn’t wait to return to her hometown—and share her work with her beloved Chicago. Over the weekend, she did just that when one of her projects was entered into the NASCAR Street Race.

A self-taught digital artist, Cassia knew she had to keep pushing herself to become a better digital artist in such a competitive industry. So when she learned that Kennedy-King College offered a certificate in advanced communication design, she signed up for the program.

“I love creating beautiful things and sharing them with the world,” Cassia said.

Cassia Clark’s winning design showcased at the NASCAR Street Race.

Cassia recently shared one of her beautiful designs with the world by winning the NASCAR King’s Hat Design Challenge. Her design was showcased on The King’s Hat Statue, located in Grant Park, during the NASCAR Chicago Street Race, which took place July 6-7.

“I heard about the competition from my professor Gail Mitchell. I liked the atmosphere and the criteria, so I entered. When I heard I won, I was thrilled and honored,” said Cassia.

The giant hat was displayed at Butler Field and featured iconic Chicago symbols including the city skyline, the “bean,” Navy Pier and the Chicago flag.

“Getting my name out there is key, and I think presenting my work in this way will help me break into the marketplace. I am grateful to my professor for telling me about the competition and to Kennedy-King College for giving me this opportunity. I would definitely recommend this course and Kennedy-King College to others,” said Cassia.

Cassia, who already has an impressive resume, plans to complete a certificate program in digital art at Kennedy-King College in May 2025.