We have a winner!

Every year, the DOE distributes thousands of high school directories to middle school students who are seeking admission into New York City’s high schools.

Over the past 10 years, the covers of these directories have been designed by the winners of our annual Cover Design Competition. Thanks to a partnership with Cooper Hewitt, the DOE has been able to host this competition and challenge the City’s aspiring graphic designers to create cover designs that reflect and capture their experiences as City public school students. This year, over 250 students submitted entries for the competition, and 14 finalists were selected for the opportunity to participate in graphic design workshops and work with design professionals, including award-winning comic book artist and illustrator, Phil Jimenez.

After much deliberation, including a public vote that took place in mid-February, the winning design of this year’s Cover Design Competition is:

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Winner: Submitted by Kiara Rosa, Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA)

Congratulations to Kiara Rosa from the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA); her design will be on the cover of the DOE’s 2018 High School Directory, which will be released later this year.

Three runner-ups were also named following the end of this year’s competition. The following cover designs may be featured on other DOE publications that will be released later this year:


Runner-Up: Submitted by Jamel Springle, The School of Cooperative Technical Education (Coop Tech)


Runner Up: Submitted by Christopher Mercado, MECA

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Runner-Up/Public Vote Winner: Submitted by Tyanna Thompson, High School of Art & Design

Congratulations to our runner-ups, Jamel Springle from the School of Cooperative Technical Education (Coop Tech), Christopher Mercado from MECA, and Tyanna Thompson from the High School of Art & Design.

We thank our colleagues at Cooper Hewitt for their ongoing partnership with our schools, and thanks to all who participated in this year’s competition!

Cover Design Competition Finalists

Congratulations to all of our finalists, including Tyanna Thompson (second from the left, front row), Kiara Rosa (center, front), Jamel Springle (right of Kiara, front), and Christopher Mercado (back row, behind Jamel). [Photo Credit: Cooper Hewitt]

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