Cover Design Challenge - Previous Winners

We are pleased to showcase designs by the winners past Cover Design Challenges; in these challenges, students submitted potential covers for the NYC High School Directory.

As you can see, our judges appreciate a wide range of styles:


2019 Challenge: Grand Prize + Winner of Public Vote

The grand prize and public vote winner of the 2019 Cover Design Challenge was Nova Stanley, a student at the High School of Art and Design. Stanley's design expresses the new independence and relationships that students build as they transition into high school. These students look out into the city, imagining their next four years of growth and discovery. (Teacher: Carl Landegger, Principal: Manuel Ureña)

This cover design was the grand prize winner of the 2019 Cover Design Challenge. It shows the image of three students on a NYC rooftop looking out on the city.

2019 Challenge: Runner Up

This cover was designed by Alari Billig, a student at the High School of Art and Design. Billig's design, titled The Many Faces of Us, reflects New York City's diversity, capturing the beauty of individual identities and perspectives within our larger community. (Teacher: Carl Landegger , Principal: Manuel Ureña)
The cover showcases three abstract figures of people with the NYC skyline represented by a single black line in the background. The back cover six different figures in different, colors and sizes.

2019 Challenge: Runner Up

This cover was designed by Jemimah Jolimeau, a student at Fashion Industries High School. Jolimeau uses bright colors, freeform shapes, and the open pages of a book to symbolize the exploration of knowledge and identity. (Teacher: June Arcamay, Principal: Daryl Blank)

The cover showcases the head of an owl made up of freeform shapes and bright colors. The owl’s head is spread across both the cover and the back cover, with the beak and middle of his brow on the spine. The owl’s brow is also the representing the pages of an open book.

2018 Challenge: Grand Prize

The grand prize winner of the 2018 Cover Design Challenge was Badiallo Diawara, a student at Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School. Badiallo's design is inspired by New York City middle school students taking flight, exploring, and finally landing at the high schools that seem right for them. (Teacher: Evelyn Loveras, Principal: Moses Ojeda)

This cover design was the grand prize winner of the 2018 Cover Design Challenge. It shows the image of an brightly colored origami bird flying on the front cover toward a branch on the back cover, where it lands.

2018 Challenge: Runner Up + Winner of Public Vote

This cover was designed by Iliany Collado, a student at Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School. Collado's design was inspired by the constellation of choices for public school students in NYC, as well as how it feels for students to enter a new place, a new school. (Teacher: Isabel Aristy, Principal: Evan Schwartz)
This cover design features a silhouetted young girl reaching for a diploma as she stands on top of Earth with outer space all around her and the boroughs of New York City represented as constellations above her. The back cover features a glowing moon.

2018 Challenge: Runner Up

This cover was designed by Thinn Win, a student at the High School of Art and Design. Win uses a non-binary Statue of Liberty in this design to represent all of New York City and the wide range of students that attend school here. As a high school student, this Statue wears a pair of headphones for a crown. (Teacher: Janice Edelman-Lee, Principal: Manuel Ureña)

This cover shows a non-binary Statue of Liberty listening to music on headphones and watching over the city below. Music notes and birds fill the sky. On the back cover, a rendering of the skyline extends across.
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