FREEHOLD, NJ – Spring is the season when most of the state’s fourth graders study the State of New Jersey as part of their social studies curriculum.

Monmouth County’s Constitutional Officers – County Clerk Christine Hanlon, County Sheriff Shaun Golden and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters – announced the winners of the annual ‘My County’ poster contest which showcases what the students like best about Monmouth County, including county government.

“The best part of this poster contest is that our local fourth graders gain an understanding of what county government does each and every day,” stated Peters. “Their grasp of how we function and the services provided speaks volumes about what they learn in school and observe throughout the county.”

Rules for the contest were straightforward: a poster must be on standard 22-inch by 28-inch poster board and have the words “Monmouth County” at the top of the poster in 4-inch letters with black marker.

“I commend all the students who participated in the My County poster contest,” said Sheriff Golden. “A project like this helps students learn more about the great county we live in. Fourth grade participants continue to impress us each year with their knowledge of Monmouth County and the ability to relay their thoughts artistically.”

“The design and content of a poster is up to a fourth grader’s imagination,” Hanlon said. “Their artwork shows originality and imagination. The fourth graders’ youthful perspective gives a unique insight on how they view Monmouth County. I congratulate all the students who participated in the contest, especially this year’s winners.”

Prizes were awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Nine honorable mention posters were also selected. Each of the winning posters will be displayed for a period of one month in the County Clerk’s Office.

The constitutional officers presented this year’s first place prize on Wednesday to Tommy Decker, who attends St. Rose of Lima School in Freehold who was joined by his classmate Sage Vespia Kerwin, who placed third. Zachary Pappas, who attends Middletown Village Elementary School, won second place and will receive his award on June 8.

Those receiving honorable mention include: Alexa Schone, Ryan Hierl, Kylie Patmore and Madison Chiaro, all of whom attend St. Rose of Lima in Freehold; Amie Diaz, Marianna Ribeiro and Makaylah Saint Germain, who are students at Amerigo A. Anastasia School in Long Branch; Hansen Zhang, a student at Indian Hill School in Holmdel; and Alec Holland, who attends Middletown Village School.

All posters become the property of the Constitutional Officers Association and the County of Monmouth. The winning posters will be displayed at the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, located at 33 Mechanic Street in Freehold. Submission of a poster grants the Constitutional Officers Association permission to display a poster in public places.

For details about the poster contest, log onto www.visitmonmouth.com or contact the County Clerk’s Office at 732-431-7324, ext. 8742.

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PHONE: 732-431-7324, ext. 8735
EMAIL: jennifer.collins@co.monmouth.nj.us