Rye YMCA Announces Winners of Heads Up! A Distracted Walking and Driving Poster Contest

High School Photographers to be Featured in Exhibit at Rye Arts Center

(Rye, January 15) The Rye YMCA is pleased to announce the winners of Heads Up: A Distracted Walking and Driving Poster Contest. The winners, all students in three digital photography classes at Rye High School, are:

  • 1st Place:  Ali Howard
  • 2nd Place:  Kylie Roddy
  • 3rd Place:   Cole Passaretti

In September 2012, the Rye Y, as part of its Safe Routes to School initiative, invited the students to create posters that illustrate the dangers of distracted walking and driving.  Under the leadership of Rye High School art teacher Andre Soto, 60 students–51 freshmen, eight sophomores and one junior— in three elective classes participated. The students narrowed the field to 15 finalists, a process that led to thought-provoking discussion in the classroom about distracted walking and driving.  The Rye Y then convened a panel of community judges who selected the three winners.  The judges were:

  • William Connors – Chief, Rye Police Department
  • Gregg Howells – Executive Director, Rye YMCA
  • Robin Jovanovich – Editor and Publisher, The Rye Record
  • Charles Sutter, Planner – Westchester County Dept. of Public Works and Transportation
  • Kim Larsen – Chairperson, Larchmont-Mamaroneck Safe Routes to School Committee
  • Nancy Pasquale – Rye City School District, Board of Education

All of the posters will be exhibited at the Rye Arts Center from January 24 –  February 7.  The 15 finalist posters will then move to the Rye Free Reading Room for a month-long exhibit.  Members of the community are invited to the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for the exhibit, which will be held on Thursday, January 24 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm at The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road.

“The judges were very impressed with the thoughtfulness and creativity that went into every poster,” remarked Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells. “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.  We hope that parents, community residents and students will stop by The Rye Arts Center to view this important exhibit.”

For additional information, or to RSVP to the January 24 reception, contact Denise Woodin at denisewoodin@ryeymca.orgor 967-6363, ext. 101.



1st Place: Ali Howard



2nd Place: Kylie Roddy



3rd Place: Cole Passaretti