SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Diversity Festival committee has selected six poster designs - including one from a Hillsborough student - as winners in the 2020 Diversity Festival Poster Contest.

All county students in grades four to 12 were eligible to enter the month-long online contest – as part of a new Diversity Festival initiative. The contest was held virtually. Six winners were chosen out of 50 submissions. Contest guidelines challenged students to create artwork that showcased the county’s multicultural communities and traditions by incorporating this year’s Diversity Festival theme, “Somerset County – Everyone Belongs Here.”

Keerthioviya Arunkumar of Hillsborough won second place in the 11-13 age category; first place was awarded to Lexinne Mendoza of Franklin.

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Bridgewater residents Lucia Bolle wins first-place and Arav Kewalia  is a second-place winner; for age group 14 to 16, Hailey Bosworth of Bernardsville wins first-place and Anna Rekatas of Bedminster wins second-place. To view the winning artwork, visit https://bit.ly/DiversityPosterContestWinners

First-place winners each received a $100 gift certificate, and second-place winners were awarded $50 gift certificates that were donated by the Downtown Somerville Alliance.

Winners’ artwork will be used in a quilt that is being created by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission that will be displayed in the county’s Administration Building. The Board of Chosen Freeholders will be recognizing the winners at the upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

To watch the Freeholders Meeting live, visit https://bit.ly/FreeholderMeeting

To view the winning artwork, visit https://bit.ly/DiversityPosterContestWinners

Due to the pandemic, the Somerset County Diversity Festival was held virtually during October. In addition to the poster contest, online festival visitors were able to use the newly created and permanent Diversity Story Map, an online multi-media platform that allows visitors to explore the rich history of diverse cultures in specific locations within Somerset County, and also have access to a resource library that provides diversity-related information. To access the story map, visit https://bit.ly/DiversityStoryMap

Somerset County is home to a population of promising and unique individuals from around the world and recognizes that diversity is an asset to communities and businesses. The county honors, values, and embraces its diverse population through diversity-related support and initiatives.

The Downtown Somerville Alliance helps promote, enhance and revitalize Somerville’s downtown as a thriving commercial district and community-gathering place for residents, shoppers and visitors from Somerville, Somerset County and Central New Jersey.