Press Release Article


Date: Dec 02, 2011
Press Release Number: 146-2011

The Port Authority today announced that Olivia Balcos, an eighth-grade student at Academy 1 Middle School, has won PATH’s annual holiday poster contest with her depiction of children playing in the snow. Her artwork will be displayed this holiday season aboard the Port Authority’s rail system’s trains.

The contest has been held for the past 22 years. Three of the Port Authority’s PATH stations – Journal Square, Grove Street and Exchange Place – are located in Jersey City. The Holland Tunnel also is located in the city.

During a luncheon today at the Journal Square Transportation Center, Olivia and two runners-up were honored by representatives of PATH and Jersey City Public Schools. Placing second in the contest was Juan Rogers, a sixth grader at P.S. 23, while third place went to Hamza Elgindy, a sixth grader at P.S. 23. The children, under the guidance of their art teachers, draw holiday posters and submit them to PATH for judging. They received 576 submissions this year.

Michael DePallo, PATH’s Director and General Manager for the Port Authority, unveiled the winning poster at today’s event.

The winning poster:

The winning PATH holiday poster 2011


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