Bowman: student, designer, traveler

ROCHESTER - Montana Bowman, a senior from Rochester who attends Vermont's Rochester High School (RHS), was recently named as the Outstanding Student for Quarter One in the Design and Illustration (D&I) program at the Hannaford Career Center (HCC).

Bowman, the son of Virginia and Eric Bowman, is a first-year student at HCC, and his teacher is Lisa Rader. He is a member of the National Art Honor Society and is an HCC student representative. He will be receiving three Community College of Vermont (CCV) college credits for his coursework.

Bowman has also been a solid contributor at RHS and in the Rochester community. He has been involved in varsity men's soccer, the Rochester High School drama club, the White River Valley Players' board of directors, and the Rochester Hockey Club. He designed the covers for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Rochester High yearbooks.

Bowman owns and operates his own graphic illustration company, marketing a clothing line called "FrostwearVT." He taught himself how to silkscreen and how to create detailed stencils and prints his Frostwear designs from his home in Rochester. Currently, he is working with 802 Snowboard Co. through the HCC Cooperative Education program. He has worked in property maintenance, as a ski shop attendant, camp counselor and ski instructor.

Bowman will be spending February-April in Central America as a participant in Portland State University's "Carpe Diem Program" where he will be constructing housing for a humanitarian effort and immersing himself in the language.

Next year, Bowman plans to attend a four-year art school. He attended National Portfolio Day in Boston, where his art portfolio was well received by a variety of schools nationwide. He has been accepted at the California College of Art in San Francisco and is also applying to Pratt Institute, MICA, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Champlain College.

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