The Wildlife Society has selected the artwork of Scherita Cambridge, a recent Western Carolina University graduate, to be featured as the organization’s 2016 national conference logo.

Cambridge, a May graduate with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and conservation management, created a design of an Eastern box turtle in which the red-eyed male seems to come to life as it crawls off the page. The logo will be used in marketing and advertising for the 23nd annual conference, including on T-shirts and the program guide.

The Wildlife Society is a leading organization of wildlife professionals, conservationists and nature enthusiasts, providing learning opportunities and professional and career development. Its conference will be held Oct. 15-19 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The Eastern box turtle was declared North Carolina’s state reptile in 1979.

Cambridge will be awarded $500 for her winning design, which she said she plans to applying toward student loans. She is currently working at the Highlands Biological Station’s Nature Center and hopes to find permanent employment in the wildlife sector.

Scherita Cambridge

Scherita Cambridge

During a 2015 summer internship at the Highlands Biological Station, Cambridge designed and wrote captions for a kids coloring book that is being used as a teaching tool and a fundraiser for the research and learning facility.

“Graphic design has just been a hobby, but I may pursue it as a career,” Cambridge said. “I’ve been interested in wildlife since I was a kid watching ‘Animal Planet’ on TV and going fishing around Raeford, where I grew up.”