For Immediate Release

Ed Levin
Publicity Director
Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta

Annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest Winners to Be Announced and Grants to City’s Summer Rowing Programs.

Philadelphia, PA – 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 20th Annual Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest staged this spring for budding young artists attending Philadelphia area private and parochial schools.

The 83rd annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta will be held on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 on the historic Schuylkill River.

Jim Hanna, President of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee said, “The Jefferson 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 20th annual Art Poster Contest.”

Hanna added, “I wish to extend a special expression of appreciation to Sister Lauretta Linsalata, IHM, of Archbishop Ryan High School for their support and assistance in putting together this contest for budding young artists.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Jim Hanna, President of the Dad Vail Organizing Committee will announce the cash awards at a press conference on Friday May 13 at 9 AM. amidst the opening races of the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta. Additionally, Dad Vail will continue to be a benefactor for both Philadelphia City Rowing and the Lloyd Hall Advisory Council Summer Rowing Program, continuing an over twenty-year history in support of empowering under-resourced Philadelphia City public school students to reach their highest potential through rowing.

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 and the Office of Catholic Education comprised the judging committee.

The Winners of the 2022 Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest are:

Grand Prize

Justin Chen – Archbishop Ryan


First Place

Cailey McCloskey – Archbishop Ryan


Second Place

Reese Gettes – Archbishop Ryan


Third Place

Anna Leonard – Archbishop Wood


Honorable Mention

Mairead McDermott – Archbishop Wood

Leah Baker – Bishop Shanahan

Natalie Cheng – Archbishop Ryan

Ava Cuelers/Thi Nguyen – Bishop Shanahan (Combined)

Diana Kahn – St. Hubert

Carly Marquess – Archbishop Ryan


About Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University is a leader in transdisciplinary, professional education. Jefferson, home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, is a preeminent university delivering high-impact education in 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to 8,400 students in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health, medicine, science and social science. Jefferson is re-defining 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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