Distracted Walking and Driving Poster Contest Winners Honored


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



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: Maeve McGowan

2nd Place: Ellen Scully

3rd Place: Katrina Roth

In October 2013, 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 Nichole Chiffriller, 66 students in the three elective classes participated. The students narrowed the field to 21 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:

Maureen Gomez - City of Rye Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee

Gregg Howells - Executive Director, Rye YMCA

Julie Killian – Rye City Council Member

Adam Levi - Senior Director & Art School, The Rye Arts Center

Christian Miller – Rye City Planner

Nancy Pasquale – Rye City School District Board of Education

Joseph Sack – Mayor, City of Rye

Charles Sutter, Planner – Westchester County Dept. of Public Works and Transportation

All of the posters will be exhibited at the Rye Arts Center from January 22-February 14. The 21 finalist posters will then be exhibited at the Rye Free Reading Room. Members of the community are invited to the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for the exhibit, which will be held on Wednesday, January 22 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 22 reception, contact Lisa Urban at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 967-6363, ext. 152.


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