City Sticker Winners Honored At City Hall
Herbie Pulgar was four when a candle caught his shirt on fire, burning a good portion of his body.
“I was all on fire and I was all burnt up,” explained this year’s winner of the City Clerk’s annual city sticker design contest. “My mom and the firefighters saved my life and I’m thankful for that right now.”
Pulgar spoke of his earliest first hand experience with the fire department during a short speech at City Hall Thursday morning after receiving his $1000 saving bond for his winning design honoring firefighters, policemen and all of Chicago’s first responders.
“It’s so coincidental that our grand prize winner has this background,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza about Pulgar.
Pulgar, a freshman at Lawrence Hall Youth Services, is the third student from the school to win the city sticker design contest.
Lawrence Hall art teacher Janice Gould has used the annual contest as a project for her the kids in her art classes.
“It is a great teaching tool,” says Gould of the contest.
Second place winner Caitilin Henehan, a senior at Resurrection High School, was awarded a $500 savings bond and third place winner Dan Caddigan, a senior from Brother Rice High School won a $250 savings bond. The remaining seven finalists were awarded $100 savings bonds.
Pulgar’s award winning design will begin to appear on the windshields of 1.3 million Chicago cars and trucks this spring and that gets the young artist excited.
“Before I did this no one knew me,” says Pulgar. “Now people know me. No one really recognized me before. I wanted attention and now I got it.”