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Somerville High School Student Wins Tour of Somerville T-Shirt Design Contest

Alexis Sajewski, a senior at Somerville High School, is the winner of the annual Middle Earth T-Shirt Design contest for the 2017 Tour of Somerville Cycling Series. Credits: Courtesy Middle Earth

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Alexis Sajewski, a senior at Somerville High School, is the winner of the annual Middle Earth T-Shirt Design contest for the 2017 Tour of Somerville Cycling Series which features three days of world-class cycling competition in Bound Brook (May 27) and Raritan (May 28), concluding on Memorial Day (May 29) in Somerville.

Her winning design embodies a patriotic theme in red, white and blue, incorporating the word GO as the wheels of a bike.

She will be attending James Madison University in the fall and major in Nursing. She enjoys playing Field Hockey and Lacrosse. Her hobbies include hiking, bike riding and photography.

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Middle Earth works with teens in Somerset County, and each year, they offer local high school students the opportunity to create a unique design to represent the Tour of Somerville. The designs are entered into a contest to determine whose design will be featured on the official event t-shirt.

"We are extremely proud of Alexis and her design that will commemorate Middle Earth's Tour of Somerville!” said Dr. Timothy Purnell, superintendent of Somerville schools. “She is an outstanding student that embodies the #allin4theVille phraseology and was a tremendous supporter of this year's Police Unity Tour.”

Earlier this year she was one of three students to design an enamel and brass medallion for Somerville police officer Vito Spadea that commemorated the 300-mile Police Unity Tour, a recently concluded 4-day cycling event between New Jersey and Washington, DC that honors fallen police officers. Spadea was one of several hundred police officers to ride in the Unity Tour. He sold 300 of the medals.

Ever since Alexis was young she has had a passion for technology and art. A student of Somerville High School’s Communication Design course, Alexis hopes to be able to use her technology and art passion in her Nursing career.

"Alexis’ design was selected for incorporating racing, bike, and patriotic themes into one image,” said one of the contest judges. “The wording and bike image exemplify the cycling competition, while the flag highlights Memorial Day. Her design will be printed on a gray t-shirt. We would like to congratulate Alexis on her success and creativity."

Tour of Somerville t-shirts can be purchased for $12 at Middle Earth's tent near the start/finish line at each of the day’s races: Bound Brook Races on Saturday, May 27, Raritan Races on Sunday May 28, and Somerville Races on Monday, May 29.

Additionally on Monday, Middle Earth staff and youth will be walking the race course selling the t-shirts. All of the proceeds of the t-shirt sales will benefit Middle Earth’s youth programs.

For more information, you can call Middle Earth at 908-725-7223.

Middle Earth’s programs offer local youth a safe environment where they can use their free time constructively, engage with caring adults who listen, obtain help with homework, prepare for college and future employment, and participate in fun group activities. Their programs teach positive decision-making skills, acceptance of consequences for their actions, and leadership skills, as well as basic life skills such as budgeting, cooking, and obtaining a driver’s license. Learn more on their website,

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