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  • Motichka Named Senior Designer for Highlights Press

  • Dolores Motichka has been named to the new post of senior designer of Highlights Press at the Highlights for Children editorial offices in Honesdale.
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  • —Dolores Motichka has been named to the new post of senior designer of Highlights Press at the Highlights for Children editorial offices in Honesdale.
    "We're delighted to have Dolores join the book-publishing team," said Mary-Alice Moore, vice president and editorial director of book publishing for Boyds Mills Press and Highlights for Children.
    "The new Highlights-branded book publishing program was launched recently with Let's Celebrate titles, as well as joke books and themed puzzle collections," Moore said. "We are creating an entire imprint of series and books that include activities, crafts, science, picture books, fiction, board books, kits, and more."
    "Dolores, who has had a long relationship with Highlights, brings a deep understanding of and affinity for the Highlights sensibility, as well as a fresh eye and a new perspective. That's a combination we're very excited about," Moore said.
    "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to expand my publishing experience by reuniting with Highlights," Motichka said.
    Most recently, the award-winning designer was acting art director for Highlights®, the most widely circulated children's magazine in the United States. She began her career in 1977 at Highlights and then became a fashion illustrator for the Globe store in Scranton and later a textbook designer at the International Correspondence Schools in Scranton.
    She returned to Highlights in 1980 to work on the Zaner-Bloser spelling series. In 1983, she became a designer for the National Wildlife Federation, and from 1984 to 1995, she was a staff illustrator and features designer for The Washington Times newspaper in Washington, D.C. Motichka designed editorial products for U.S. News & World Report from 1995 until 2002. She then returned to Honesdale and did freelance design work for nearly a decade.
    Motichka has won awards from the Society of Illustrators, the Art Directors Club in New York, the Society of Publication Designers, Print magazine, Communication Arts, the Washington Art Directors' Club, the Society for News Design, and the Illustrators Club of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
    The Honesdale High School graduate holds an associate degree in fashion illustration from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
    She and her husband, John Kascht, a caricaturist, reside in Honesdale. She is recent past president and current vice president of the Wayne County Beekeepers' Association.
    The editorial offices of Highlights, Highlights High Five®, and Highlights Hello™ magazines, Highlights Press, and Boyds Mills Press are located in Honesdale. The company's business offices are in Columbus, Ohio.
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