Press Release Article


Date: Dec 05, 2017
Press Release Number: 218-2017

A poster depicting a snowman waiting for a PATH train with the New York City skyline in the background, created by Jersey City eighth-grader Renfrew Maristela, today was named the grand prize winner of PATH’s annual Holiday Poster Contest.

The grand prize-winning poster will be displayed in PATH stations and on rail cars throughout the holiday season. It was unveiled during a ceremony at the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City. In addition to Renfrew, who attends P.S. 23, Cora Kerr of P.S. 16 was named the winner in the grade 3-5 category and Skyla-Jean Woomer of P.S. 28 was chosen in the category for students in grades K-2. Cora and Skyla-Jean’s posters will also be displayed in PATH stations.

“We are delighted to continue to share this holiday tradition with the community and the students of Jersey City schools,” said PATH Director/General Manager Michael Marino. “It gets harder to pick a winner, since the quality of submissions is only getting better each year.”

This year’s event included a musical performance by the Jersey City ARTS Vocal Program, in the concourse area of the Journal Square station, and PATH officials and representatives of Jersey City Public Schools honored Renfrew, Cora and Skyla-Jean at an awards luncheon that followed at PATH headquarters.

Each of the winners received four tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and complimentary 10-trip PATH SmartLink cards, provided by the Port Authority, to get the winners and their families to and from the show. The Port Authority also gave the winners $50 American Express gift cards, and they received art supplies from the Jersey City Visual and Performing Arts Department and Jersey City Board of Education.

PATH’s annual holiday poster event, which began 28 years ago, features the artwork of local students from 30 Jersey City elementary and middle schools. Through a partnership between PATH and the Jersey City Board of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, and with the guidance of their art teachers, the students this year submitted more than 350 holiday posters.

Click here to view the winning posters.

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