HACKENSACK, NJ – Artwork created by nearly two dozen students from around Bergen County will grace the walls of municipal buildings, libraries, senior centers, schools and county offices after being named winners of the county’s 2020 election calendar contest.
Pinak Unawane, from Lyncrest Elementary School in Fair Lawn, was awarded honorable mention in the contest.
The annual poster contest, which is run by County Clerk John Hogan’s office, kicks off in February, with an invitation for fourth graders at public and private schools to participate. Then, during County Government Week in April, a panel of judges selects 20 students whose posters will be included in a county-created election calendar the following year.
This year’s judges (Hogan, Surrogate Court Judge Michael Dressler and Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton) selected the following winners.
- Sameerah Rashid (Washington Elementary – Lodi)
- Gia Kim (Midland School – Paramus)
- Joshua Ha (Anna C. Scott Elementary – Leonia)
- Ayan Banerjee (Memorial Elementary – Montvale)
- Edwin Gonzalez (Roosevelt Elementary – Ridgefield Park)
- Valentina Rosso (Lillian M. Steen Elementary – Bogota)
- Maja Gajewicz (McKenzie School – East Rutherford)
- Landon Kemple (Pierrepont School – Rutherford)
- Sydney Bancroft (Memorial Elementary – Montvale)
- Pinak Unawane (Lyncrest Elementary – Fair Lawn)
- Rebeca Coelho (McKenzie School – East Rutherford)
- Aylin Freire (Lillian M. Steen School – Bogota)
- Angel Ajish (Pierrepont School – Bogota)
- Mateo Oujo (Washington School – Lodi)
- Yeva Grace Davidoff (School #3 – Fort Lee)
- Lorenna Bucceri (McKenzie School – East Rutherford)
- Daniel Serafin (Washington School – Lodi)
- Emily Martinez (Roosevelt School- Ridgefield Park)
- Jaime Vielman-Morales (School #3 – Cliffside Park)
In addition to having their work included in the calendar, winners, along with their families and teachers, are invited to participate in Bergen County’s annual Law Day ceremony in May at the Bergen County Justice Center.
When the new, free calendars are ready, the clerk’s office delivers them to all municipal buildings, libraries, senior centers and schools that have contest winners, according to Marla Aras, an assistant at the clerk’s office.
Copies are available in English, Spanish and Korean, and can also be picked up at the clerk’s office or by contacting the clerk’s office to have one mailed.