For Immediate Release

Ed Levin
Publicity Director
Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta

Philadelphia, Pa (May 2, 2018) –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 16th Annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest staged this spring for budding young artists attending Philadelphia area public, private and parochial schools.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Jim Hanna, President of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee will present the cash awards at a press conference on Friday,

May 11 at 9 a.m. amidst the opening races of the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, which will be celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Jim Hanna said, “The Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta is far more than a regatta, offering students the opportunity to be recognized for their artistic ability and to be rewarded for their distinguished achievements by way of our annual Art Poster Contest.”

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, the Office of Catholic Education comprised the judging committee of the artwork.

At the conclusion of the awards, Mayor Kenney will be presented with a check from Hanna for the city’s summer rowing program for inner city youngsters, an annual Dad Vail donation that is now approaching $50,000.

This program seeks to expose Philadelphia high school students to some of the benefits of rowing; discipline, camaraderie, loyalty, exceptional physical conditioning and teamwork.

The Winners of the 2018 Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest are:

Grand Prize

Mary Xu, Archbishop Ryan

First Place

Alyssa Sliwa, Archbishop Ryan

Second Place

Kiany Pelullera, Randolph Technical High School

Third Place

Alpha Barry, Central High School

Honorable Mention

Dan Jurgelewicz, Archbishop Ryan

Jessica Mark, Central High School

Maddie Mask, Central

Erin Slack, Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush

Lika Su, Archbishop Ryan

Abigail Woods, Archbishop Ryan

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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