By Lenis Rodrigues, Media Relations
Juan Sanvicente, a second-grade student at Jersey City’s P.S. 28, beat out a crowded field of competitors to capture first place in PATH’s Annual Holiday Poster contest with his eye-catching, carrot-nosed snowman. PATH unveiled the winning poster for PATH’s annual Holiday Poster Contest last week in a tradition that began 27 years ago.
Juan’s winning illustration will be on display at PATH stations and rail cars throughout this year’s holiday season. He also received a $50 American Express gift card and four tickets to the Radio City Christmas show. Placing second was Jenna Espedilla, a sixth grader from Academy 1 in Jersey City. Mahnoor Ahmed, a fifth grader at the district’s P.S. 16, won third place. PATH Director and General Manager Mike Marino and other PATH officials as well as representatives of Jersey City Public Schools honored Juan and the two runner-ups at an awards luncheon at Journal Square.
The contest was open to all Jersey City public school children attending elementary and middle schools, and a total of 562 holiday posters were entered in this year’s contest. The holiday event included a performance by the Jersey City Arts Choir, an unveiling of the top three posters and a luncheon. The contest brings out the artistic abilities in Jersey City’s children but lest we forget the fun that Port Authority PATH representatives get out of the contest: every year they get to review the artwork and select the winning entries.