County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2019

‘My County’ poster contest winners announced

FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County’s Constitutional Officers -- Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters, County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon and Sheriff Shaun Golden -- recently announced the winners of the annual ‘My County’ poster contest, which showcases what students like best about Monmouth County.

The Constitutional Officers selected this year’s winners from over 180 entries submitted by schools from across the County. First place winner is Emmitt Whiting of Brielle Elementary School. Madelyne Fitch of Atlantic Highlands Elementary School took second and Mischa Jain of Indian Hill School in Holmdel took third.

Those receiving honorable mention include: Katy Sawyer, Josie Corr, Finley Reese and Amy Basaman, Atlantic Highlands Elementary School; Emily Manzo and Matthew Papagni, Allenwood School; Charlotte Mathias and Leonora Grillo, Deal School; Emma Amirante, Taylor Mills; Sydney Connor, St. Leo the Great School; and Yara Ally, St. James Elementary School.

“After learning about the State of New Jersey in their classroom social studies curriculum, fourth graders from Monmouth County were able to demonstrate their knowledge of county government in a creative way through this poster contest,” said Surrogate Peters.

“The fourth graders’ design and content show not only knowledge of county government, but also imagination and originality,” said Clerk Hanlon. “I congratulate all the students who participated in the contest, especially this year’s winners, as they were able to provide insight about how our youth view Monmouth County.”

“A project like this helps students learn more about the great County we’re so fortunate to call home,” said Sheriff Golden. “I commend all of these fourth grade participants as they continue to impress us each year with their knowledge of Monmouth County and their ability to use their artistic talents to create eye-catching posters.”

Each of the winning posters will be displayed for a period of one month over the coming year at the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, located at 33 Mechanic St. in Freehold.

For more information about the annual ‘My County’ poster contest, go to or contact the Surrogate’s Office at 732-431-7330.
Left to right: Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters, County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Emmitt Whiting and Sheriff Shaun Golden

Left to right: Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters, County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Mischa Jain
and Sheriff Shaun Golden

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