PATERSON, NJ -A student at  S.T.A.R.S. (Students Transitioning and Achieving Real Success) Academy is being recognized for his artwork, and delivering a very important message.

According to a statement from Superintendent Eileen Shafer, Bryan Torres Tavares, a junior at the Paterson school has won first place honors and a $500 prize in a transportation poster contest held by the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT). 

Officials on the state and national level believe this is the first time a student from New Jersey has been named the overall winner of the contest.

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“This is a terrific honor for Bryan, S.T.A.R.S. Academy and the entire Paterson Public School District,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “We are all very proud of Bryan for his artistic talent and for helping promote school bus transportation safety. I want to acknowledge everyone who helped Bryan to do his best in this national contest, especially his parents, his teachers and his principal, Dr. Natalie Hackett.”

NAPT’s National School Bus Safety Week poster contest has a different theme every year. The 2019 poster contest theme was, “Red Lights Mean STOP!”