Highland Park High School student Abby Friedman is the grand prize winner of the 2013 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest. | Special to Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 22, 2013 1:37AM
A Highland Park High school student is the grand prize winner of the 2013 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest.
Abby Friedman’s original art work was named the top entry among submissions from high school students in the 12 counties served by the Illinois Tollway. This year’s contest theme was “Remembering Our Veterans.”
“It is such an honor to create something that reminds people that veterans should always be in our hearts no matter where we are going,” said Friedman.
Artwork created by the grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of the tollway’s 2013 map, which is distributed at no cost to more than 125,000 customers. Artwork created by the runners-up will be featured in the tollway’s annual report.
Second runner-up was Andrew Kaufmann, also from Highland Park High School.
First runner-up was Michael Barrios, Andrew High School in Tinley Park; third runner-up was Veronica Severini, Glenbard East High School, Lombard.
“Abby’s artwork captures the theme of keeping our brave service men and women in our thoughts, and we’re thrilled to have her artwork for the cover of the 2013 Illinois Tollway map,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur.
Altogether, the tollway received 57 entries from student artists attending 26 high schools throughout the region, from Chicago to Rockford, and 10 semi-finalists were selected for public voting.
More than 11,400 votes by the general public were recorded online to identify four finalists, with the overall winner and runners-up selected by a panel of judges including members of the Tollway Board of Directors, veterans working for the Tollway and representatives from U.S. Equities and Blick Art Materials, who co-sponsored the contest.
The artwork of the 10 semi-finalists, including the winning entries, is currently on display at each of the seven Illinois tollway oases. The Illinois Tollway plans to place all of the artwork up for auction with the proceeds going to support veterans’ charities.
Friedman received $400 in gift certificates from Blick Art Materials and $200 in gift certificates from U.S. Equities to use at oases retail shops and restaurants.
Runners-up received $200 in gift certificates from Blick Art Materials and $100 in gift certificates from U.S. Equities.
All students who participated in the contest received a certificate of appreciation from the tollway.