MTSU alumna is semifinalist in design contest

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A Middle Tennessee State University alumna is competing in a design contest that could net her $10,000 and a chance to sell her T-shirt design in Target stores nationwide.

Julianna Bass is one of the 20 semifinalists in the Diet Coke Young Designer Challenge. She is a 2002 graduate with a bachelor's degree in textiles, merchandising and design.

Bass submitted a design promoting Diet Coke to be emblazoned on a T-shirt.

The 20 semifinalists will be narrowed down to 10 finalists based on the largest numbers of votes received from the public between now and June 30. Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff will decide the winner from among the final 10.

Besides the cash and Target opportunity, the winner will also get a trip for two to Nashville to see Taylor Swift in concert.

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