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County’s Diversity Festival Contest Winners Announced

Talented Students Create Artwork with Theme ‘Somerset County – Everyone Belongs Here’

Post Date:11/20/2020 2:51 PM

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Diversity Festival committee is excited to announce the names of the 2020 Diversity Festival Poster Contest winners. 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.”

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 Click here to watch the Freeholders Meeting live.

Winners by Age Group
Winners in age group nine to ten are Lexinne Mendoza of Franklin who wins first-place and Keerthioviya Arunkumar of Hillsborough is a second-place winner; in the age group 11 to 13, 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.  Click here to view the winning artwork.

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.  Click here to access the Story Map.

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.

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