The new design for Greenfield's flag features the city seal and a representation of the lighting fixtures at the I-70 exit. Submitted photo
The new design for Greenfield's flag features the city seal and a representation of the lighting fixtures at the I-70 exit. Submitted photo

GREENFIELD — The city of Greenfield has a new emblem: an updated city flag, designed by Greenfield-Central High School students.

The Mayor's Youth Council, a group of Greenfield-Central students who advise city government, submitted two final designs for a revised flag to the Greenfield City Council at its Wednesday, June 24, meeting.

The city council’s chosen flag was the design students called the “traditional” flag. The composition features a modified version of the Greenfield city seal, including the slogan “Experience Our Past, Share Our Future,” against a background of green and gold stripes. Contained within the center gold stripe is a representation of the six lighted poles that mark the gateway to Greenfield at the Interstate 70/State Road 9 interchange.

The council voted 6-1 to select the design over the other final option, referred to by students as the “9 and 40” flag, which featured a smaller version of the city seal located at the intersection of stripes representing State Road 9 and U.S. 40.

The youth council presented several flag design options at a February meeting and created the two finalists based on the council’s feedback.

Mayor Chuck Fewell thanked the youth council and especially its president, Conner Kinnaman, for their work on the flag project. Kinnaman graduated from Greenfield-Central this spring and will be attending the United States Naval Academy.

“I appreciate, Conner, what you’ve done to lead the mayor’s youth council,” Fewell said.

Senior planner Jenna Wertman, who worked with the youth council on the project, said the city plans to display the new flag at City Hall and, eventually, on flag poles located in the centers of roundabouts around Greenfield. While the logistics are not finalized yet, the city also plans to allow orders of the flag for display at schools, businesses and other locations.

Wertman said she hopes Greenfield-Central students will be proud to see something they contributed to flying around the city.

“It’s really great that so many students submitted art,” she said. “I hope some of them see elements in there that they contributed.”

The inspiration for the flag project came in 2018, when members of the mayor’s youth council attended a state conference for similar groups and learned that students in Franklin had helped redesign the city’s flag.

Greenfield’s previous flag was not widely used; it featured a corncob representing agriculture; a mortar and pestle representing the local medical/pharmaceutical industry; a book representing the famous poet James Whitcomb Riley; and a rising sun.

The students surveyed their peers at Greenfield-Central and found most of them did not know what the city flag looked like. The council then received approval from city government to pursue giving it an update and solicited designs from students in the high school’s art and social studies classes.

After creating three flag designs based on elements of the submissions, the council surveyed students again to see which they preferred. Two designs, the traditional flag and the 9 and 40 flag, each received 40.1 percent of the vote. Those were revised with feedback from the city council to create the final two versions.

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