Each of the honorees selected for this year’s contest had their work on display during an award ceremony that took place on June 7, 2017 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Earlier this month on June 7, the DOE’s Office of School Wellness Programs announced the winners and runners-up of its eighth annual School Wellness Poster contest.

Open to all City public school students in grades K–12, the School Wellness Poster contest recognizes City students who showcase their creativity, originality, and artistic talent through artwork or photography in ways that promote the importance of physical education, health instruction, and wellness programs. One winner and three runners-up are selected from each of the three major grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school), and each honoree’s designs are then displayed on the DOE’s website, printed on posters in schools citywide, and placed inside other promotional DOE materials, including wall calendars and banners.

In addition to the poster designs, for the first time ever, the contest was also open to students who created health/wellness-themed videos. One winning video was selected for this year’s contest.

This year’s honorees for the 2017 School Wellness Poster contest are:

Elementary School

08_Jose Vasquez

José Vasquez

José Vasquez, Grade 4 (Winner)
P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School, Brooklyn
Teacher: Lori Shenkman-Cortazzo


Jessica Costa Francis

Jessica Costa Francis, Grade 5 (Runner-Up)
P.S. X176, Bronx
Teacher: Jo-Anne Salomone





07_Chelsea Hung

Chelsea Hung

Chelsea Hung, Grade 5 (Runner-Up)
P.S. 196 Grand Central Parkway School, Queens
Teacher: Stacey Bronstein





10_Joline Paison

Joline Painson

Joline Painson, Grade 5 (Runner-Up)
P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont, Brooklyn
Teacher: Maria Puma





Middle School

05_Jenny Chen

Jenny Chen

Jenny Chen, Grade 7 (Winner)
J.H.S. 220 John J. Pershing, Brooklyn
Teacher: Kim Perri


Jenny Ho

Jenny Ho, Grade 7 (Runner-Up)
J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, Queens
Teacher: Andrew Zaben







Katherine Lin

Katherine Lin, Grade 7 (Runner-Up)
J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, Queens
Teacher: Andrew Zaben







Zena Zou

Zena Zou, Grade 8 (Runner-Up)
J.H.S. 220 John. J. Pershing, Brooklyn
Teacher: Aleccia Braithwaite






High School


Michelle Cortez

Michelle Cortez, Grade 12 (Winner)
Brooklyn Studio Secondary School, Brooklyn
Teacher: Marialucia Davi


Sofiat Koleosho

Sofiat Koleosho, Grade 9 (Runner-Up)
Young Women’s Leadership School, Bronx
Teacher: James Longsworth






06_Siddharth Martis

Siddharth Martis

Siddharth Martis, Grade 9 (Runner-Up)
Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn
Teacher: Connie Eng





11_Mohona Yesmin

Mohona Yesmin

Mohona Yesmin, Grade 10 (Runner-Up)
Marble Hill High School for International Studies, Bronx
Teacher: Oanh Lo






Citywide Video Winner

Mekhi Hewling, Grade 7
Manhattan East School for Arts & Academics, Manhattan
Teacher: Melissa Cancel

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!

To see School Wellness Contest honorees from previous school years, please visit the Office of School Wellness Programs’ webpage.

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