Portillo’s Poster Wins Accolades


Junior Yesica Chacon Portillo received an Honorable Mention for her submission in the “Be the Change” Poster Contest for the 2018 Middlesex Partnerships for Youth “Be the Change” Poster Contest. Each year the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. sponsors an annual poster project open to all middle and high school students in the county.

This year’s theme was “Be the Change, “ which is based on a quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Inspired by this theme, Mrs. Bordieri, one of Everett High School’s digital media art teachers decided to create a class assignment so spark student interest. Students were encouraged consider positive messages in their poster designs such as: speaking up when you see a wrong, showing respect for all, including those who are different from you, and using your voice to create positive change. Yesica Chacon Portillo, a Junior at Everett High School, received an Honorable Mention for her poster titled “Accept Who We Are.” To review the posters, the MPY chose a diverse group to serve as a panel of judges including: police chiefs, superintendents, art teachers, students, guidance counselors and principals. In total there were 191 poster submissions, 3 were chosen to receive Honorable Mentions and 1 final winning poster was selected. From left: Graphic design teacher Leah Bordieri; Margie Daniels, Executive Director for Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.; Everett High student Yesica Chacon Portillo, and EPS Art Coordinator Amanda Gil.

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