YONKERS, N.Y. -- The Yonkers City Council hosted the Yonkers Police Athletic League's 31st annual Sergeant Michael D’Ambrosio poster in the City Council chambers.
Yonkers students Colin Nowak and Christina Ljuljic were selected as this year’s winners. Two Yonkers Police Department officers Sergeant Patrick York and Officer Jacquelyn Estevez, will appear on the poster alongside Nowak and Ljuljic. The two winners were chosen by a panel of judges after 10 finalists "explained in an interview how a positive relationship between the police and the youth of the community can benefit the entire City," according to a press release.
“The Yonkers Police Athletic League is an asset to the City and year after year has helped countless boys and girls enjoy recreational, educational, cultural and social programs,” Council President Liam J. McLaughlin said. “It is a tremendous honor for the historic Council Chambers to again be the venue for the interviews and award ceremony. I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to all the participants in this year’s contest from around the City, whose hard work and dedication reflect great credit upon themselves, their families and schools, and the entire City.”
Officer Estevez, whose daughter was a prior P.A.L. poster contest winner, said she felt "honored and privileged to be representing the P.A.L. on the poster," according to the release.
“The poster contest is a great influence in the community and compels many children to do well,” she said. “I would tell [our 5th and 6th graders in Yonkers] to work hard, have fun and do well in school. No dream is too big. You just have to work hard in order to achieve it.”