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Illinois Tollway recognizes Bolingbrook, Plainfield and New Lenox students for artwork

The Illinois Tollway announced Syrena Feustel, a Bolingbrook High School senior, as the grand prize winner of its annual cover art contest.
The Illinois Tollway announced Syrena Feustel, a Bolingbrook High School senior, as the grand prize winner of its annual cover art contest.

The Illinois Tollway announced last week that a Bolingbrook High School student was the grand prize winner of the 2020 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest to honor the Illinois State Police.

Syrena Feustel, a senior, was one of three Will County students recognized for their work, according to a news release.

“Being part of this contest is a huge opportunity for my work to be recognized,” Feustel said in the release. “Having the ability to represent Illinois and Bolingbrook High School in this occasion give me encouragement to continue creating and designing.”

Courtney Kurtz from Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox was named first runner-up and Colby O’Dell from Plainfield East High School was named third runner-up.

The Illinois Tollway, Blick Art Materials and MB Real Estate Services sponsored the annual art contest.

“Syrena’s winning artwork will serve as a reminder of the integrity, service and pride of the Illinois State Police troopers who are dedicated to ensuring safe travel on the Illinois Tollway,” Jose Alvarez, executive director of the Illinois Tollway, said in the release.

“We are pleased to showcase the excellent artwork created at schools throughout Northern Illinois and recognize the talent and creativity of the students and their teachers,” he said.

The contest highlighted the work of the state police, especially as a number of troopers lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year.

This year more than 70 student artists from more than 20 high schools throughout Northern Illinois submitted artwork in the contest.

More than 17,000 votes by members of the public were cast online via Facebook and Instagram to select four finalists from 10 semifinalists.

A panel of judges, including representatives from the Illinois Tollway, state police and MB Real Estate Services, determined the winner and runners-up.

“Students submitted some outstanding artwork that conveys positive and uplifting messages about the Illinois State Police troopers who continue to protect and assist the drivers of Illinois despite the risks they face every day,” state police Director Brendan Kelly said in the release.

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