St. Pius students are very excited about the new tech and design class. They are anxious to see their graphic designs and future projects they will do. 

By: Cori Fricke, Advertising Editor


For the first time ever, St. Pius X High School is offering a class based on technology and design.  Taught by Mrs. Toni Hess and Mr. Todd Ashby, the class is built to encourage creativity and eagerness to learn for students.


Junior Jose Cantu showing off his great work in the new Pius Tech and Design class. Photo by: Sarah Abney

Tech and Design class uses both computers and sketchbooks for their creations.  They are currently working on inventing a logo that represents themselves. In the future, they will be working on more complicated designs and learning to pick apart advertisements more clearly.

“I’m really excited about this class, I think we’ve got a great group of kids in it and a few that will hopefully stand out a little more as the class gets harder.” said Mr. Ashby, co-teacher.  Mr. Ashby is the technological expert at St. Pius, so having him as a teacher is highly beneficial for the students.

By taking this class, students learn about agricultural, architectural, and graphic design.  They have recently worked on a program called Inkscape to integrate their own sketches into computer designs.  

“You can create anything you can imagine.  It’s what some graphic artists use and I can use this program to take an idea further from a sketch and make it into a realistic tangible product,” said Hank Phillips, Senior.  

Pius has become more apt towards kids who need to use their imagination.  Next year, when the convent is officially open, students will be able to further their artistic and innovative ideas in an environment more suitable for their needs.  


Tech and Design teachers Mrs. Hess and Todd Ashby teaching Grace Ross new ideas for her design. Photo by: Sarah Abney

“It is good for kids who want to get into interior design. It teaches you the concepts of what it’s like to personalize your own space,” said Nicholas Ferrara, Senior.

The Tech and Design class is a great addition to St. Pius.  Both students and teachers have responded well to the course and have shown a large amount of interest towards it.  Both Mrs. Hess and Mr. Ashby are looking forward to continuing teaching the class in the coming years.  

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