Winners of Rye YMCA Distracted Walking and Driving Poster Contest

Winner - Sofia Carter

1st place

Community leaders gathered at Rye City Hall on Friday, January 10 to select the winners of Heads Up! A Distracted Driving and Walking 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 and the importance of cycling safety.

The winners are:
First place:    Sofia Carter
Second place: Sam Askin
Third place:   Dillon Fowle

In October 2019, the Rye Y invited students in Nichole Chiffriller’s Photoshop and Digital Photography classes to participate in the Heads Up! contest. Forty-one students in two classes participated. After all of the posters were completed, the students narrowed the field to 12 finalists. The Rye Y then convened a panel of community judges who selected the three winners. The judges were:

Eric Byrne – Superintendent, Rye City School District
Josh Cohn – Mayor, City of Rye
Brian Dempsey – Co-Chair, City of Rye Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Committee
Robert Falk – Interim Commissioner of Public Safety
Gregg Howells – Executive Director, Rye YMCA
Joe Lamberti – Rye Brook Service Center
Adam Levi – Senior Director, The Rye Arts Center
Lisa Urban – District Office Director, NYS Assemblyman Steve Otis

For the second consecutive year, the poster contest was sponsored by Joe Lamberti of Rye Brook Service Center.

All of the posters will be displayed at the Rye Arts Center. An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held at the Arts Center on Wednesday, January 22 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Community members are welcome to attend.

Sam Askin poster

2nd Place

Dillon Fowle poster

3rd Place