For the second year in a row, a student from Lawrence Hall Youth Services (LHYS), 4833 N. Francisco, is the winner of the City Clerk‘s city sticker art contest. After more than 18,000 votes were cast, Herbert Pulgar, a freshman at the therapeutic day school, took the first place prize, beating out nearly 250 students from 44 Chicago high schools entered in the seventeenth annual competition.
Fitting this year’s theme of “Chicago’s Heroes,” Pulgar’s design honors first responders: police, fire and paramedics. In an interview with WBBM Radio, Pulgar pointed to a childhood incident as the source of his inspiration. “I was burnt from my stomach all the way up to my belly button, and they saved my life,” he said of his personal heroes.
Pulgar will receive a $1,000 savings bond and his artwork will be featured on 1.3 million 2012-13 city stickers. He and the other contest finalists will be recognized at a ceremony at City Hall and receive an honorary resolution in January.
Lawrence Hall is a not-for-profit child welfare agency established to assist at-risk youth and their families. Jill Watson, the center’s director of communications and marketing, noted in a recent Center Square Journal profile of LHYS: “A lot of our youth come from a place where they haven’t been recognized for their achievements. The first time they get accolades can be a significant life moment.”