Rye Y Recognizes Winners of Distracted Walking & Driving Poster Contest

winnersHigh School Photography Exhibit Mounted at Rye Arts Center

The Rye YMCA, parents and local community leaders gathered at the Rye Arts Center on Wednesday, January 25 to recognize the winners of the 6th Annual Heads Up! Poster Contest. The contest, which is part of the Rye Y’s Safe Routes to School initiative, engages Rye High School students in creating posters that illustrate the dangers of distracted walking and driving.

The winners, who were notified earlier this month, include:

First Place:      Aidan Anderson
Second Place: Gracie Pemble
Third Place:     Kristin Chapman

In October 2016, the Rye Y invited students in Nichole Chiffriller’s Photoshop and Digital Photography classes to participate in the Heads Up! contest. Fifty-five students in three classes participated. After all of the posters were completed, the students narrowed the field to 17 finalists. The Rye Y then convened a panel of community judges who selected the three winners. The judges were:

  • Brian Dempsey- Chairman, City of Rye Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee
  • Danielle Tagger-Epstein- Rye City Council
  • Gregg Howells – Executive Director, Rye YMCA
  • Adam Levi -Senior Director, The Rye Arts Center
  • Christian Miller – Rye City Planner
  • Kelly Smith-Powers – Rye City School District Board of Education
  • Ilana R. Wagner – Associate Transportation Planner, Westchester County Department of Transportation

All of the posters will be exhibited at the Rye Arts Center until February 16, 2017.