An image of a festive Lady Liberty – which took top prize in this year's PATH holiday poster contest – will adorn stations and rail cars throughout the holiday season. The winning poster, created by Jersey City seventh grader Ana Tejada of P.S. 27, was unveiled December 6 at an awards luncheon with PATH staff, school officials and contest participants at the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City.
"Every year, the selection of the winning PATH holiday poster helps spread cheer throughout our rail system," said Stephen Kingsberry, PATH's director and general manager. "During the sometimes stressful holiday hustle-and-bustle, Ana's cheerful poster of a smiling Lady Liberty will brighten the commutes of our passengers."
PATH officials and representatives of Jersey City Public Schools honored Ana and two runners-up. Placing second was Yokeiris Cedano, a fifth-grade student at P.S. 8, while third place went to Thomas Nguyen, an eighth-grade student at P.S. 11.
The winners each receive four tickets to the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" and a complimentary 10-trip PATH SmartLink card, provided by the Port Authority, to get the winners and their families to and from the show. The Port Authority also gave the winners American Express Gift cards – $50 to the first-place winner and $25 each to the second and third place winners. The winners received art supplies from the Jersey City Visual and Performing Arts Department and Jersey City Board of Education.
PATH's annual holiday poster event for Jersey City elementary and middle school students began 24 years ago through a partnership between PATH and the Jersey City Board of Education's Visual and Performing Arts Program. Students, under the guidance of their art teachers, submitted approximately 500 holiday posters to PATH for judging. Attached is a copy of the winning poster.