The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club recently hosted a dinner reception at the Morris Museum in Morristown to honor and recognize the winners of the 2011 AAA Traffic Safety Poster Program Contest.

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1st row: Olivia Oberlin, first-grader at Lincoln Park Elementary School in Lincoln Park

2nd row (l-r): Ivy Malao, sophomore at Union County Magnet High School in Scotch Plains and Sharron Art Center in Piscataway; Devansh Sheth, third-grader at St. Elizabeth School in Parsippany; Connie Han, sixth-grader at Chatham Middle School in Chatham; Grace Xu, fifth grader at Collins Elementary School in Livingston and Sharron Art Center in Parsippany; Rose Kostak, eighth grader at Briarcliff Middle School in Mountain Lakes and Sharron Art Center in Parsippany; and Peter Han, third grader at Southern Boulevard School in Chatham.

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3rd row (l-r): Frederick L. Gruel, President & CEO, AAA New Jersey Automobile Club; Randolph High School sophomores Jake Bates, Leo Silveira, Jeremy Sporn, Nick Hodge, Connor Damiano, Lauren Hodge and Chrissy Plaza; Shani Jarvis, Assistant Manager of Public Affairs, AAA New Jersey Automobile Club
 

The AAA Traffic Safety Poster Program Contest encourages creativity, while providing a unique opportunity for students to communicate traffic safety messages to their peers. The program allows young people to use their imagination and artistic talents to create an original slogan and poster design or public service announcement (PSA) in a selected safety category. Students in grades K-8 can submit original hand-drawn posters, while students in grade 9 – 12 have the option of hand-drawn or digitally designed posters or video public service announcements. Entries are broken down by category and each topic is grade-level and age-appropriate. In this year’s contest, categories and topics included: 

PRIMARY CATEGORY (Grades K – 2): Pedestrian & Child Passenger Safety

ELEMENTARY CATEGORY (Grades 3 – 5): Getting to School Safely

JUNIOR HIGH CATEGORY (Grades 6 – 8): How to Be a Good Passenger

SENIOR HIGH CATEGORY (Grades 9 – 12): Safe Teen Driving

 

2011 AAA Traffic Safety Poster Program Contest Winners Are:

 

Olivia Oberlin (Lincoln Park Elementary School, Lincoln Park): Third Place / Primary Category

 

Grace Xu (Collins Elementary School, Livingston):First Place / Elementary Category

 

Peter Han (Southern Boulevard School, Chatham): First Place / Elementary Category

 

Devansh Sheth (St. Elizabeth School, Parsippany): Third Place, Elementary Category

 

Rose Kostak (Briarcliff Middle School, Mountain Lakes): First Place / Junior High Category

 

Connie Han (Chatham Middle School, Chatham): Second Place / Junior High Category

 

Ivy Malao (Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains): First Place / Senior High Category (for hand-drawn poster)

 

Connor Damiano, Jake Bates & Nick Hodge (Randolph High School, Randolph):First Place / Senior High Category (for video public service announcement)

 

Lauren Hodge & Chrissy Plaza (Randolph High School, Randolph):Second Place / Senior High Category (for video public service announcement)

 

Jeremy Sporn, Leo Silveira & Anthony Lauria (Randolph High School, Randolph): Third Place / Senior High Category (for video public service announcement)