Rye YMCA Names Distracted Driving Poster Contest Winner

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The winning submission by Rye High School student Ali Howard in the "Heads Up: A Distracted Walking and Driving Poster Contest" hosted by the Rye YMCA. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Rye YMCA
The second-place submission by Rye High School student Kylie Roddy in the "Heads Up: A Distracted Walking and Driving Poster Contest" hosted by the Rye YMCA. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Rye YMCA
The third-place submission by Rye High School student Cole Passaretti in the "Heads Up: A Distracted Walking and Driving Poster Contest" hosted by the Rye YMCA. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Rye YMCA

RYE, N.Y. – Three Rye High School students were awarded for their submissions to the “Heads Up: A Distracted Walking & Driving Poster Contest” hosted by the Rye YMCA.

As part of the Rye YMCA’s Safe Routes to School Initiative, the organization invited students to create posters illustrating the dangers of distracted walking and driving in September.

The winners all are students in three digital photography classes at Rye High School. The first place winner is Ali Howard, second place went to Kylie Roddy and third place was awarded to Cole Passaretti.

“The judges were very impressed with the thoughtfulness and creativity that went into every poster,” said Rye YMCA Executive Director Gregg Howells in a press release. “One of the goals of the Safe Routes to School Committee is to encourage kids to stay healthy by walking and to stay safe by remaining alert. The students did a great job communicating this message to their peers.”

A panel of community judges selected the three winners out of 15 finalists, narrowed down from 60 students at the school. The judges were Howells, Rye Police Department Chief William Connors, The Rye Record Editor and Publisher Robin Jovanovich, Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Planner Charles Sutter, Larchmont-Mamaroneck Safe Routes to School Committee Chairperson Kim Larsen and Nancy Pasquale of the district's board of education. 

All of the posters submitted to the contest will be exhibited at the Rye Arts Center from Jan. 24 hrough Feb. 7. The 15 finalist posters will then move to the Rye Free Reading Room for a monthlong exhibit. 

Members of the community are invited to the opening reception and awards ceremony for the exhibit, which will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 24 at The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye.

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