SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The finalists in the South Plainfield School District’s Tiger Logo Contest were recognized at the board of education’s May 16 meeting. 

The seven students – one per school – each received a $50 Visa gift card and are all in running for an $800 grand prize and the chance to have their logo featured on the press box at South Plainfield’s Jost Field. 

In April, students in all schools got to work on designing artwork bearing a tiger and the words ‘South Plainfield Public Schools’ and by the deadline close to 250 original pieces had been submitted. A vote was then held in each building, with one finalist from each school selected by the student body. 

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At Wednesday’s meeting, the building principals, along with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Noreen Lishak and Board of Education President William Seesselberg, congratulated the finalists and presented them with their prize. 

Roosevelt Principal Robert Diehl, on hand to congratulate third grader Arav Rathore, said his school received 135 entries and it was ‘very tough narrowing them down to handful.’ 

“Thank you to the board and the administration for putting this together. It really was a terrific contest,” said Diehl, adding, “We had a lot of fun with it at Roosevelt [and] I am really looking forward to seeing what the final design to be.”

“I’d like to thank Dr. Lishak, the administration, and the board of ed for sponsoring this contest and giving us this opportunity,” said Franklin School Principal Ralph Errico before congratulating fourth grader Ella Kloby on her winning logo. “At Franklin School we had about 20 submissions through our art teacher [Jennifer Gil] who did a great job working with the girls and boys during lunch, art class, and free time.”

At Kennedy School, close to a dozen submissions were turned in with fourth grader Sabina Rybaczewska Negron’s logo selected; at Riley School, fourth grader Ashley Hernandez’ design was selected out of the 17 submissions; and, at Grant School, Principal Pat Sarullo said fifth grader Aria Rathore’s winning design was the first of the 13 submitted. 

At South Plainfield Middle School, six submissions were turned in with seventh grader Anthony Luisi selected the winner and, at the high school, 11th grader Priscilla Gavilanes’ design was selected out of approximately 40 submissions. 

 Now it is up to the public to decide who will win the monetary prize and have their logo grace the Jost Field press box on opening day of the 2018 football season. Votes can be cast online once per day per email address-up until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 by visiting the district’s website ( and clicking the ‘Tiger Logo Contest’ tab. 

“If you haven’t voted, please go on to our website and vote. Vote everyday,” said Lishak. “The logo that ends up on the press box is up to you, the community.”

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