For Immediate Release

Ed Levin
Publicity Director
Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta


18th Annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest Winners announced

 Philadelphia, Pa (December 1, 2020) – The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee (DVROC), organizers of the prestigious Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, presented by Independence Blue Cross, Coca-Cola and PECO are pleased to announce the winners of the 18th Annual Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest staged last spring for budding young artists attending Philadelphia area public, private and parochial schools.

Customarily judged in connection with the Springtime Regatta, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus, the year 2020 Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest will forever be remembered due to the unique challenges the students faced that took hold of the country last spring. Locked school buildings, lack of art supplies, inability to access partially completed art projects and the absence of instruction never deterred certain highly motivated high school artists to work remotely over the summer to complete their entries, inspired by extensions granted by the Dad Vail Regatta.  Judging of the contest and the announcement of the winners was delayed until the fall to permit extra time for the artists, due to the pandemic.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney agreed to a special delayed ceremony at the Schuylkill River National Racecourse Finish Line to recognize the winners and present their awards.  However, even that ceremony had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in Philadelphia County.

Jim Hanna, President of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee said, “The Dad Vail Regatta is far more than a regatta, persisting in offering students the opportunity to be recognized for their artistic ability and to be rewarded for their distinguished achievements by way of our 18th annual Art Poster Contest.” He extended a special expression of gratitude to Sister Lauretta Linsalata, IHM,  of Archbishop Ryan High School, and to Deb Klose of the Philadelphia Public School System for their support and assistance in overcoming the adversities of Covid-19 in staging this competition.”

The contest, which challenges Philadelphia area high school students to best depict the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, North Americas largest and best-known collegiate regatta, has five categories of prizes; Grand Prize, First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention.

Members of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee, The School District of Philadelphia and the Office of Catholic Education. Among the judges field this year was Kathy Halton, who has her master’s degree in Fine Arts.

The Winners of the 2020 Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest are:

Grand Prize
Abigail Woods First Place
Timothy Schulth Second Place
Meghan Montoya Third Place
Olivia Liebsch Honorable Mention
Bridget Coyle
Callista Gartland
Olivia Gribley
Anna Grindrod
Kyle LaBarr
Jimmy Xu


About Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is a leader in transdisciplinary, experiential professional education. Jefferson, home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, is now a comprehensive university delivering high-impact education in 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,800 students in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion, health, medicine, science and textiles. The new Jefferson is reimaging the higher education value proposition with an approach that is collaborative and active; increasingly global; integrated with industry; focused on research across disciplines to foster innovation and discovery; and technology-enhanced. Student-athletes compete as the Jefferson Rams in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.


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