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.

The 85th Anniversary Celebration of the storied Dad Vail Regatta, now titled the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta and staged by the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee (DVROC) is here!

Right on the heels of the 8:00 AM, Friday May 10, 2024, fast start of the first day competitive collegiate rowing racing, a 9:00 AM press conference begins in the midst of the excitement at Camden County Boathouse on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, New Jersey!

Kirsten Morasco, the new President, and first woman President of DVROC stated “The Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta is not just another regatta! It commands the attention of the collegiate rowers traveling from throughout North American, and this year from as far away as Ontario Canada earnest about winning a first place coveted Dad Vail Gold Medal! This stand-alone event is the essence of a unique festival experience with something attracting family members of every age, offering a vast array of entertaining activities while recognizing high achievers in diverse activities.

At the kick-off press conference, winners of the 22nd Annual Dad Vail Art Poster Conference who are all budding young artists attending Philadelphia area private and parochial schools will once again be awarded Dad Vail scholarship stipends!

This year, awards will be conferred by important dignitaries to include Senator James Beach, and Commissioner Director Louis Capelli, Jr. in company with Cherry Hill Township Mayor David Fleisher, Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley, Haddon Township Mayor Randy Teague, and Pennsauken Township Mayor Marco DiBattista.
Every year, DVROC recommits to stage the finest regatta one can experience in a collegiate setting. Size, excitement and variety define the exceptionally well-orchestrated event staged by over 200 dedicated volunteers, the longest serving clad in Gold Jackets, and for the general public it is free!

The Art Poster contest, which challenges Philadelphia area high school students to best depict the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, North America’s largest and best-known collegiate regatta, offers five categories of prizes: Grand Prize, First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention.
Members of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee along with Krista Svalbonas, Chair of the Art History Department of Saint Joseph’s University serve as judges to decide upon winners in a quest which has become an ever more challenging quest as the quality of the entries has become superb!
The Winners of the 2024 Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest are:

Grand Prize
Elisabeth Prushan – Archbishop Ryan

First Place
Mel Calixtro – Archbishop Ryan

Second Place
Megan Joy Calixtro – Archbishop Ryan

Third Place
Alicja Domagala – Archbishop Ryan

Honorable Mention
Amanda Lin – Archbishop Ryan
Sadie Woods – Archbishop Ryan
Isabella Oniate – Archbishop Ryan
Julia Jermyn – Bishop Shanahan
Reese Gettes – Archbishop Ryan
Lillian Quareisma – Archbishop Ryan

About Title Sponsor Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas Jefferson University, founded in 1824 as the Jefferson Medical College, is today a national doctoral research university and a pioneer in transdisciplinary, professional education. Home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, Jefferson is a preeminent academic institution delivering high-impact education in over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs to 8,400 students across 10 colleges. The University’s academic offerings now include architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion, health, medicine, science, social science and textiles. Jefferson is redefining 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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