WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Twenty-five sixth graders received U.S. savings bonds to recognize their award-winning artwork in the 22nd annual Fair Housing Poster Contest, sponsored by Monmouth County’s Fair Housing Board and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The awards were distributed on Sunday, April 10 at a luncheon held at Branches.

Grand-prize winner was Amanda Prascsak, St. Jerome Catholic School, West Long Branch. Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and Diane J. Johnson, regional director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Newark, presented her award.

“Using art to express the importance of fair and affordable housing in Monmouth County is a great educational tool,” said Arnone, who was joined by Freeholder Amy A. Mallet at the awards presentation. “This annual school-based project helps promote nondiscrimination and assists us as we work to ensure fair and equal housing opportunities for all.”

“Making sure housing remains available and affordable in Monmouth County is an issue that demands our attention,” Mallet said. “I’m glad to see our children are aware of this issue and that they turned that awareness into outstanding artwork.”

The 25 student winners were selected from more than 300 entries. The artwork was judged by the county’s community development staff and representatives from HUD, which narrowed the field to 50. The county’s Fair Housing Board selected the 24 winners.

All of the winning artwork will be featured in the county’s 2012 Fair Housing calendar. The grand-prize artwork will adorn the cover; each first-place winners’ artwork will be paired with a different month and the honorable mention winners will be featured on one page.

The county’s Fair Housing Office is a division of the Monmouth County Planning Board that works to educate residents about diversity and eradicate discrimination in housing.

For more information or assistance with fair housing issues, residents can contact the Monmouth County Planning Board’s Fair Housing Office at 732-431-7490 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

2011 Monmouth County Fair Housing Art Contest Winners


Grand Prize Winner: $500 U.S. Savings Bond

                       Amanda V. Prascsak           St. Jerome Catholic School


First-Prize Winners: $200 U.S. Savings Bonds

Jake Anthony Basso           St. Rose of Lima School

Emily Blossner-Vagnone   St. Rose of Lima School

Katy Callahan                     Spring Lake Heights Elementary School

Isaiah Drake                        Spring Lake Heights Elementary School

Maria Jose-Monzon           Long Branch Middle School

Rachel Kovach                   Mother Teresa Regional

Michaela Lozada                St. Rose of Lima Catholic School

Patricia Magistrado            Thompson Middle School

Grace Matier                      St. Jerome Catholic School

Miranda Palumbo               St. Veronica Catholic School

Kurt Yaman                        St. Jerome Catholic School

Chris Zachariah                  St. Jerome Catholic School


Honorable Mention Winners: $100 US Savings Bond

Alex Beck                           Thompson Middle School

Andrew Cary                      St. Rose of Lima Catholic School

Krista Dalton                      Belmar Elementary School

Jasmine Hoagland              Long Branch Middle School

Emily McLaughlin             Spring Lake Heights Elementary School

Dawson Nguyen                 St. Veronica Catholic School

Alexis Perez                       Long Branch Middle School

Grace Petrosini                   H.W. Mountz Elementary School

Ryann Rahm                       Mother Teresa Regional

Justina Recchia                   St. Jerome Catholic School

Jada Sagapolutele               Long Branch Middle School

Christina Heintz                 St. Veronica Catholic School