Crest Design Contest

Winner Announced!

The Crew of the USS NEW MEXICO has selected a design submitted by Emilee Sena of Albuquerque as the winner of the crest design contest. CDR Rob Dain (Commanding Officer of the Pre-Commissioning Unit) has contacted Emilee and sent his congratulations. The New Mexico Council of the Navy League of the United States thanks all of the entrants for each of their unique designs that so wonderfully represented the spirit and culture of New Mexico.

The Crest Design Contest resulted in 180 entries.  All of the entries were sent to the USS NEW MEXICO crew. CDR Dain setup a selection process through which the crew voted on the entries.  They split the entries into six groups of 30 and voted for the top five in each group.  The resulting 30 entries were named the semi-finalists.  The crew then voted on the top six of the semi-finalists. Those six entries were named the finalists.  The crew then voted on the winner from the six finalists.  The voting process occurred over several weeks as the crew carefully selected the design that they felt would best represent their ship.

Emilee Sena’s Winning Design

USS New Mexico SSN 779

Emilee, who is a Senior at St. Pius X High School, submitted her design as an oil painting. She describes the design as:

The top has a picture of a sunset in New Mexico, representing the beauty that makes New Mexico the “ Land of Enchantment.” The Sandia Mountains are shown in the picture at the time of the day when they demonstrate why they are the Sandias – they are a pink shade, like a watermelon. The red in the upper right corner represents the red in our nation’s flag. The red symbolizes valor and the blood that has been shed to protect our country.

The blue in the lower left corner represents the blue of the American flag. Blue symbolizes justice, vigilance, and perseverance.

The Zia symbol represents the state flag, as well as the prominence of the sun in New Mexico.

The naval dolphins on the sides are a symbol for navy submarines and ships. They shine with a white color because they represent the white on the American flag. This color symbolizes purity and innocence.

The submarine in the center is representative of what the USS NEW MEXICO is – a Virginia class submarine. It has a bow wave in front of it because it is in motion. The people on top are naval officers, holding a flag proudly for the world to see. This represents pride in the U.S.

There is a nuclear symbol in the bottom left corner for two purposes:

  • The Virginia class submarines are nuclear submarines.
  • A lot of nuclear development has taken place in New Mexico, and so this honors the people that have, and will contribute to the growth of nuclear advancements. Two primary development centers in New Mexico are at Sandia Labs and Los Alamos.

The shape of the emblem is unique because it reflects the influence of the Native American people in New Mexico. It is the shape of a design that can be commonly found in Native American art, such as blankets and pots.

The gold in the border symbolizes courage, prosperity, wisdom, and confidence. These are all essential qualities for members of the Navy.

Take a Look at why the Sandia Mountains are named Sandia

Finalists

Christine Hinds
Christine Hinds
Emilee Sena
Emilee Sena
Julius Manz
Julius Manz
Paul Holman
Paul Holman
Katie Klaene
Katie Klaene
Richard Evarts
Richard Evarts

Semi-Finalists

Andres Romero
Andres Romero
Angela Tapia
Angela Tapia
Dan Doherty
Dan Doherty
Bert Cross
Bert Cross
Dominic Ruiz
Dominic Ruiz
Eileen Gonski
Eileen Gonski
Felicia Hale
Felicia Hale
Joel Ramirez
Joel Ramirez
Josephine Boyer
Josephine Boyer
Juliana Halvorson
Juliana Halvorson
Justin Poblano
Justin Poblano
Karla Matts
Karla Matts
Kathryn Ulibarri
Kathyrn Ulibarri
Katie Klaene
Katie Klaene
Keri Minter
Keri Minter
Kevin Cox
Kevin Cox
Lew Critchfield
Lew Critchfield
Manuel Austin
Manuel Austin
Natasha Bencomo
Natasha Bencomo
Pete Armijo
Pete Armijo
Ray Pawley
Ray Pawley
Skye Goodman-Janow
Skye Goodman-Janow
Victoria Arkie
Victoria Arkie
William Montoya-Lee
William Montoya-Lee

Contest Statistics

Number of entries from schools: 92

Five school classes submitted entries

Entries were received from 19 New Mexico cities

Two entries were from out of state

Number submitted per month:

April: 1 / May: 2 / June: 0 / July: 12 / Aug: 13 / Sept: 152