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A poster depicting a PATH train encircled by a holiday wreath was selected as the grand-prize winner in this year’s PATH Holiday Poster contest – the 30th year the annual contest has been held as part of a vibrant partnership between PATH and the Jersey City Board of Education.

The winner, sixth-grader Lawrence Ballesteros from M.S. 7, will have his artwork featured in PATH stations and in rail cars throughout the holiday season. He was selected in the 6th-8th grade category, one of three categories used to judge contestants.

The other finalists were Polina Sobolev, a second-grader from P.S. 3, representing the K-2nd grade group, and fifth-grader Caidence Ramirez of P.S. 38, who took home the prize in the 3rd-5th grade category. They will also have their seasonal depictions displayed in PATH stations during the holidays.

Click here to view the winning posters.

This year’s event held this morning in the concourse area of PATH headquarters at Journal Square, featured presentations by PATH leaders and representatives from Jersey City, as well as a musical performance by the Psaltis Chamber Choir of the Jersey City ARTS Vocal Program. The competition this year was fierce, with more than 500 entries reviewed by a panel of judges.

“This is an annual highlight for PATH,” said PATH General Manager/Director Clarelle DeGraffe. “We’re grateful to all of the talented students, their teachers and our partners at the Jersey City Board of Education who have helped us make this event a holiday season highlight for three decades.”

“PATH has honored the Jersey City Public Schools in supporting and providing this wonderful experience annually during the most joyful season of the year, the holidays,” said Ann Marley, the Jersey City board’s District Supervisor for Visual and Performing Arts. “On behalf of the thousands of students guided by their art teachers who have participated over the past 30 years in the PATH Holiday Poster Contest, thank you for affording them to the opportunity to share the beauty of art.”

Each of the winners received four tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and complimentary 10-trip PATH SmartLink cards provided by the Port Authority to get the winners and their families to and from the show. The winners also were awarded $50 American Express gift cards and art supplies from the Jersey City Visual and Performing Arts Department.

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