Press Release Article


Date: Dec 02, 2016
Press Release Number: 231-2016

Jersey City fifth-grader takes home grand prize, and two other finalists are honored, at the annual PATH Holiday Poster Contest

Neamyah Rolon, a fifth-grader from P.S. 25, came away with the grand prize at this year’s Holiday Poster contest sponsored by PATH for elementary and middle school students from across Jersey City.

Neamyah’s poster, a colorful illustration of a smiling gingerbread cookie soaking in a cup of hot chocolate, was chosen from more than 600 submissions and will be displayed through the rest of the holiday season on PATH trains and platforms. Her poster also was selected as the best entry in the Grade 3-5 category.

Two runners-up for the grand prize were also named:

  • Kristy Patel, who attends kindergarten at P.S. 31, for her drawing of “SpongeBob Snowman, which was named the best poster in the Kindergarten-Grade 2 category, and;
  • Trishali Gannoju, a seventh-grader from P.S. 23, for her depiction of a snow-covered cabin with singing birds. Her poster was selected as the best submission in the Grade 6-8 category.

Each winner will receive four tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, American Express gift cards and complimentary PATH SmartLink gift cards. The posters created by Kristy and Trishali will also be displayed on PATH platforms.

PATH Director/General Manager Michael Marino said this year’s event was among the best and most competitive since PATH first partnered on the contest 27 years ago with the Jersey City Board of Education's Visual and Performing Arts Program.

“This is one of our favorite community events each year,” Marino said. “We’re grateful to have the chance work with the Jersey City community and the school board, and with all of these talented children. They remind us what the holiday season is all about.”

Ann Marley, the district supervisor involved in visual arts programs for artistically talented Jersey City students, said they are encouraged, starting in September, to imagine and create illustrations that reflect the wonder of the holiday season.

“As we celebrate our diversity, we share in a common message: Happy Holidays!,” Marley said. “Our students thank the Port of Authority for recognizing their talents.

The event was held at PATH headquarters in Jersey City, and featured a performance by the Jersey City Arts Choir, a luncheon and an awards ceremony.

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