Hayesman wins Metro-North Rail Safety Poster Contest
When Giancarlos Felix was chosen by his Art teacher for the 2018 Metro-North Railroad Rail Safety Poster Contest he had no idea what an amazing journey would await him.
When Giancarlos Felix was chosen by his Art teacher for the 2018 Metro-North Railroad Rail Safety Poster Contest he had no idea what an amazing journey would await him. The 17-year-old won first place in the 9th-12th grade category. “Growing up in the South Bronx, I’ve always been around trains my whole life. I’ve always been fascinated by them. When I was approached about entering, I was eager to be part of the contest. The day I found out that I won there was such a sense of disbelief!”
Felix’s Art teacher, Danny Torres, is extremely proud of the budding artist. “Since his sophomore year, I’ve always been impressed with his artistic work ethic and creativity. When I asked if he was interested in this contest, he immediately said, ‘I actually love trains.'" Torres and Felix worked on the concept for nearly two weeks. Ultimately, they came up with an impactful image and cohesive message that highlighted the importance of rail safety.
TRACKS(Together Railroads and Communities Keeping Safe), the community education outreach program in charge of the contest received, 62 entries from 13 schools throughout New York City and Connecticut. The entries were segmented into four groups (Pre-K, K-3rd, 4th-8th and 9th-12th). Since the announcement of the award in February, Felix has received a flurry of media attention from News 12 The Bronx, The Bronx Times and CBS 2 New York.
On Thursday,March 21st, Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi presented Felix with the award and a custom banner at the Regis Philbin Auditorium. The Metro-North film crew documented the event as Felix’s family, Senior classmates and the Hayes administration looked on with pride as he accepted his award. After his win, Giancarlos is now considering a potential career in the Arts. “I am currently going into college as undecided but now I feel that I will be leaning more towards Art History. Now, I could see that I have a talent for it. This is proof that there is something there.”
Since its inception in 2016, TRACKS has gained significant recognition reaching 230,000 people. The program was created to bring awareness to rail safety.
Cardinal Hayes is an all-boys, college preparatory Catholic High School serving the Bronx and upper Manhattan communities since 1941. It has steadfastly provided young men from diverse backgrounds access to a transformative education and a pathway to lifelong success.
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Jackina Farshtey – Director of Communications and Marketing
Cardinal Hayes High School