After analyzing over 140 submissions, the judging committee for the City of West Plains flag re-design competition has selected a winning entry.
Isaac Protiva, 20, of West Plains has been selected as the winner of the open public competition. Protiva’s two-color, blue and yellow flag design “depicts a circle representing the community of West Plains unifying the divergent paths of the individuals that live here,” according to Protiva. His symbolism also draws inspiration from the unique design of the Historic Downtown Court Square in West Plains.
The West Plains City Council formally adopted the new flag during Monday night’s City Council meeting.
Competition for the re-design of the City of West Plains flag ran from mid-March to mid-April. A panel of five judges from the community were given all the entries and then met for judging. Among the criteria used were: Simplicity, meaningful symbolism, the use of only 2-3 basic colors, and distinctiveness.
Protiva said he has lived in West Plains his entire life, and in Downtown West Plains since 2018. “I wanted to make a symbol for the city that depicted the best qualities of the town, to give the people something to rally under,” said Protiva. “A good flag can really cement the feeling of unity in a community, and that’s a very valuable thing.”
He added that he’s absolutely “thrilled” his design was selected. “It means a lot to see it chosen to represent something as significant as a city,” said Protiva. “It’s a huge honor. Special thanks to Ezra Fike for his invaluable design feedback.”
In addition to the flag being flown at City Hall and at other City buildings, West Plains Downtown Revitalization and the City of West Plains could potentially make the new design available on other promotional items. Protiva will also receive artistic recognition and publicity for the winning design.
West Plains’ old flag featured houses, leaves, acorns, and the state of Missouri.
Community Marketing Director Todd Shanks said the City was overwhelmed with the number of responses and overall interest in the competition. “We knew we had a lot of artistic talent in the community, and this competition really proved that to be true,” said Shanks. “There were several entries that impressed the judges, but ultimately they felt Isaac’s flag design captured the essence of West Plains, particularly the one truly identifying landmark of West Plains – our Downtown Square,” said Shanks. “We certainly appreciate everyone who put in the time and effort to submit a design.”
West Plains Downtown Revitalization, in conjunction with the City of West Plains, sponsored the competition.