And The Winner Is…

Freshman Student Wins City Sticker Design Contest

Lawrence Hall Youth Services freshman Herbert Pulgar's winning city sticker design

While just a freshman, Herbert Pulgar, a student from Lawrence Hall Youth Services walked away as the winner of Chicago’s 2012-2013 city sticker design contest.

This is the third time in the 17 years of the contest that a student from Lawrence Hall has won the annual competition.

Over 18,000 people voted for the designs of ten student finalists last week online and via a computer kiosk at City Hall.

“This city is very special to me, which is why I chose to create a heart filled with both our skyline and the Chicago flag, explained Pulgar about his artwork. “From the top of the heart, I wanted convey the diversity of our great city and its emergency personnel by using four different hands and the three first response symbols. Thank you for the great opportunity to share my artwork with the citizens of Chicago.

Pulgar’s winning design beat out 240 total entries for the chance to grace the windshield of over 1.3 million Chicago vehicles starting next June and earned him a $1000 savings bond from the City Clerk.

“More than 18,000 people helped us choose the next city vehicle sticker design. The bold, bright colors and iconic images in Herbert’s design will look great on Chicago cars,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “This year’s theme asks that we all take a moment to remember the sacrifices our first responders make for us every day and celebrate their commitment to protecting our neighborhoods. We should all be proud to feature the 2012 – 2013 city stickers on our vehicles to honor Chicago’s Heroes.”

The second place winner Caitlin Henehan, a senior at Resurrection High School, gets a $500 savings bond, while third place went to Dan Caddigan, a senior at Brother Rice High School, who will receive a $250 savings bond for his work.

The remaining art contest finalists will each receive a $100 savings bond. Including: Tyrell Bismillah, Sophomore at Lawrence Hall Youth Services; Kristen Brennan, Senior at Resurrection High School; Michael Chao, Sophomore at St. Patrick High School; Sung Lim, Sophomore at Mather High School; Michael McCray, Senior at Gage Park High School; Frank Mondragon, Senior at Gallery 37 and Mather High School; and Monserrat Rafael, Senior at Steinmetz Academy Centre.

The City Clerk will hold a special awards ceremony in January for all the contest finalists to officially award prizes.

One Response to And The Winner Is…

  1. Kelly says:

    I’m glad this design won. I like that it’s inclusive (hands of every color) and gender-neutral.

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