Jersey City Student wins PATH Holiday Poster Contest




A Jersey City middle schooler’s depiction of a PATH train engine outfitted with a protective face covering and snowmen passengers wearing masks earned her the grand prize this week in this year’s PATH Holiday Poster Contest, an annual collaboration with Jersey City Public Schools students and educators.

Held virtually for the first time in its 31-year history because of COVID-19 restrictions, the contest drew 260 entries from Jersey City students attending kindergarten through 12th grade. The grand prize winner, Cora Kerr, touched on the impact of the pandemic while offering a cheerful celebration of the holiday season in her entry.

Prizes were distributed in three grade categories: Cora, who attends Academy 1 Middle School, was selected from Grade 5-8. Maria Porcelli, a P.S. 5 fourth-grader, took the prize in the K-4 group and Isabella Espinoza, an 11th grader attending Innovation High School, won the 9-12 category. Each winner receives a $50 Amazon gift card. Cora’s grand prize rendering will be displayed in PATH stations and trains throughout the holidays.

The event also featured remarks from Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director Rick Cotton and PATH Director Clarelle DeGraffe, who congratulated the winners and participants, as well as Jersey City educators and the PATH staff involved in putting the program together.

DeGraffe said the success of the 2020 contest was particularly gratifying given the unique planning challenges Jersey City school officials and the PATH team, led by senior marketing representative Philip Silvestro, faced and overcame in scheduling a virtual event.

“This has been a wonderful partnership between PATH and the Jersey City community for more than 30 years, one of the truly special events we take part in each year,” said DeGraffe. “We’re thrilled to be able to work with our friends at Jersey City’s public schools and to recognize these gifted young artists.”


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