College announces winner of mascot design contest

By Veronica Villegas….

Pictured are mascot contest winner Jaime Ramirez (with check) and Fernando Larez, director of marketing for CBT College.

CBT College, an academic and career education institution based in Miami, operating five campuses in the greater Miami-Dade area, on Dec. 4 announced the school’s official mascot, C-Beety, during a special Gallery Exhibition at CBT College’s West Kendall campus.

C-Beety is “a funny kiut and intelligent character…that always wants to be first in line.”

Created by Jaime Ramirez, grand prize winner of $2,500, “C-Beety also works hard to make a student’s life easy. She comes with a huge heart drive full of knowledge that she wants to share with everyone,” Ramirez said.

Submissions for the “CBT College Mascot Design Challenge” began on Nov. 4 and ended on Nov. 30. The challenge included more than 122 individuals who registered for the competition of which 103 were local students and residents. Sixteen came from outside the Florida and three were from abroad including from Brazil, the Philippines and Russia.

“Together with the panel of judges we selected this mascot because we felt it represented CBT College the best and embodied what our college stands for — technology, drive and education,” said Luis Llerena, executive director of CBT College. “It was certainly a very difficult decision since all of the submissions were outstanding.”

Josue Carabello, the competition’s second place finisher received a new 10.5-inch netbook computer and Ivan Hurtado received a $100 American Express gift card for third place.

The event was attended by approximately 150 students (high school, college and international), faculty, staff and residents from the community and was sponsored by Starbucks, BJ Wholesale, Jerry’s Artarama, Cakeworld Banquet, La Hormiga de Oro, Chic Frozenberry and Casa Vieja.

The panel of judges that helped select the winning mascot included: Elizabeth Carlisle, art and production director at the Latin Trade Group; Juan Carlos Toca, a renowned scultptor whose work has been exhibited at The Smithsonian, and Sid Hoeltzell, world-renowned fashion photographer.

“We were overwhelmed by the community’s participation in this event and we are extremely honored for everyone’s support,” Llerena added.

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