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Rye Y Announces Winners Of 'Distracted' Poster Contest

The Rye YMCA recently announced the winners of the distracted driving poster contest.
The Rye YMCA recently announced the winners of the distracted driving poster contest. Photo Credit: Rye YMCA

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye YMCA has announced the winners of its "Heads Up," a distracted walking and driving photography exhibit to be featured at the Rye Free Reading Room.

As part of the contest, 74 Rye High School students created posters that show the dangers of being distracted.

The winners were:

  • First place (tie): Noe Abe and the team of Caroline Costa and Julia Mackey
  • Second place: Cayla Brown
  • Third place: Samuel Rukeyser

In October, as part of its Safe Routes to School initiative, the Rye Y invited students in Nichole Chiffriller’s Photoshop and digital photography classes to participate in the contest.

After all the posters were completed, the students narrowed the field to 28 finalists, a process that led to thought-provoking discussions in the classroom about distracted walking and driving.

The Rye Y then convened a panel of community judges who selected the winners.

The judges were:

Lucy Cassidy – Safe Routes to School Committee; Scott Craig - Lieutenant, Rye City Police Department; Robert Falk – Lieutenant, Rye City Police Department; Gregg Howells - Executive Director, Rye YMCA; Adam Levi - Senior Director & Art School, The Rye Arts Center;  Christian Miller – Planner, City of Rye; Joseph Sack – Mayor, City of Rye; Charles Sutter, Planner – Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation

All of the posters will be exhibited at the Rye Free Reading Room from Jan. 9-31. Members of the community are invited to the opening reception and awards ceremony for the exhibit, which will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 at The Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Road.

“These posters show that teens are leading the way in the effort to stop distracted driving and walking,” remarked Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells.

For additional information, or to RSVP to the reception, contact Lisa Urban at or call 967-6363, ext. 152.

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