Somerset County celebrated its second annual Diversity Festival virtually during the month of October with the creation of a new permanent Diversity Story Map site, Somerset County – Everyone Belongs Here.
Another new element of this year’s celebration was a poster contest opened to all students in grades 4 to 12 in Somerset County. Student artists were asked to showcase the county’s multicultural communities and traditions, building their presentations around the theme of Somerset County – Everyone Belongs Here.
The monthlong contest was open to early November, and more than 50 submissions were received. Volunteers who worked on the 2020 virtual Diversity Festival Event Committee reviewed all the submissions and chose six finalists. Then the entire committee voted on their first- and second-place winners in three age-groups.
Congratulations to the following winners:
- Ages 9-10
- First place: Lexinne Mendoza of the Somerset section of Franklin
- Second place: Keerthioviya Arunkumar of Hillsborough
- Ages 11-13
- First place: Lucia Bolle of Bridgewater
- Second place: Arav Kewalia of Bridgewater
- Ages 14-16
- First place: Hailey Bosworth of Bernardsville
- Second place: Anna Rekatas of Bedminster
The three first-place winners are each receiving a $100 gift certificate. The three second-place winners are each receiving a $50 gift certificate; the certificates are courtesy of the Downtown Somerville Association, Somerset County’s partner in the Diversity Festival.
The winning images can be viewed online and used to create a quilt for display in the Somerset County Administration Building.
Thank you to the six finalists for their winning work, and to all those who submitted their poster ideas. Truly, in Somerset County, Everyone Belongs Here!